Norwalk Hospital will host a Red Cross community blood drive to benefit patients in need on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 1:30 to 6:15 in the Patio Room on the fifth floor.

Because the need for blood remains constant, the Red Cross urges donors of all blood types to give blood or platelets.

The actual donation only takes about 10 to 12 minutes, but donors should allow one hour for registration, a confidential health history session and refreshments after their donation.

To make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).