3 The 4th of July holiday weekend is just around the corner. A time when people celebrate -- but it's also a busy time for hospitals! The Blood Alliance says it needs DONATIONS... to help ensure local hospitals have blood available to treat patients in need! Channel 4's Ashley Mitchem spoke with a man pleading for you to donate blood. 3 00-05 07-12 55-1'00 1'11-1'16S 2'05-2'12Ted Richardson is at the Blood Alliance, donating blood for a purpose...and he wants you to give too.08:05 How often do you think people should come in and donate? I wish they could come in everyday. Why is that? Because my wife has cancer.Richardson's wife has FOUGHT cervical cancer once- but now it's back...Ted Richardson, Blood Donor 11:33 I just wish I could give blood every day but I can'tThat's why he wants you to become a donor.08:38 There's so many people that could give blood but maybe they are a little bit afraid but there's nothing to it, it doesn't really hurt. Just one pint of blood and you can save three lives-- a very rewarding feeling.11:24 I feel great it's enough to make me cryOut of the 60 percent of healthy Americans who can donate blood- only five percent do-- we spoke with another regular donor about the need for donations. Jesse Atwaters says donating is a preventive measure.Jesse Atwaters, Regular Donor 04:50 Every day someone needs blood- don't get to the point when it's affecting you to all of the sudden want to donate blood always do it beforehand. The Blood Alliance says summer is it's slow season for donations- but the need is most critical.Odette Struys, Blood Alliance 58:46 You know folks are off their regular routine and more accidents tend to happen and that means they need more blood so while the supply is down the demand goes upThe Blood Alliance, Northeast Florida's sole provider of blood to area hospitals, will host United We Care blood drives on Saturday to help build the community's blood supply before the Fourth of July holiday.All registered donors will be entered into a drawing for two July 6 Daytona Coke 400 race tickets. One is in St.Augustine at Publix at Cobblestone Shopping Center the other at the Orange Park Mall off Wells Rd- both are from11 a.m. to 7 p.m.What blood types they need?57:57 We need all types of Blood Ashley, and right now we are critically low in A positive blood type, but we're also low in all the negative blood types across the board so basically we need everyone to try and come inCLOSE: 12:58 Walk-ins are welcome but if you want to make an appointment to donate, go to www.igiveblood.com, use the free app "iDon8" or call The Blood Alliance at: 888-99-TBA HERO AM C4 TLS. 3 AM C4 TLS.99-TBA HERO AM C4 TLS.