The American Red Cross will be holding a blood drive in memory of local area teen Carl Bittner from 2 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, March 28 at Weatherly Area High School, 601 6th Street, Weatherly.

Carl Bittner, 17, had a way about him that could make even the grumpiest person smile. His big heart and aptitude for learning could only be eclipsed by his desire to help people.

During his high school career, Carl assisted with the students in the special education classes, which fostered many diversified friendships extending throughout the town of Weatherly.

When it came time for vacations, he would plead with his parents not to take long vacations because he would miss his friends too much. This loyalty to his family and friends was something his parents are very proud of.

While being smart and believing in having fun, Carl also thought it was very important to help others in need.

On Oct. 26, 2011, Carl volunteered and donated blood at a Red Cross blood drive. Afterwards, he was given a Red Cross bracelet that he proudly wore. Two days later, Carl Bittner was in a terrible car accident which tragically ended his life. He was still wearing his Red Cross bracelet.

Eligible volunteer blood donors are asked to please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in PA), meet weight and height requirements (110 pounds or more, depending on their height) and are in generally good health may be eligible to give blood. Positive identification is required at the time of donation.

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross Blood Services Northeastern Pennsylvania Region provides lifesaving blood to 29 hospitals and needs 351 people to give blood and platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand. Accident victims as well as patients with cancer, sickle cell disease, blood disorders and other illnesses receive lifesaving transfusions every day. There is no substitute for blood and volunteer donors are the only source.