St. Francis of Assisi is hosting its next blood drive on March 18 from 1:30-6 p.m. The American Red Cross is facing its worst blood shortage in over a decade, posing a concerning risk to patient care. Doctors have been forced to make difficult decisions about who receives transfusions and who will need to wait until more products become available. Blood donations are critically needed. To schedule your life-saving appointment, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org and enter the sponsor code: "stfranciswichita" in the search field.