The summer is in full swing and we all seem to be in vacation mode. And then of course this weekend we'll be getting together with family and friends to celebrate America's independence.

These activities lead to a decrease in blood donations at our local blood banks. But let us not forget to pay-it-forward and help out our friends and family who desperately need blood during the summer months.

The good folks at United Blood Services are asking you to roll up your sleeves and give the gift of live. They're in need of all blood types but especially AB blood type donors to donate plasma and for O negative blood type donors to donate double red cells.

To give you a little incentive to donate, United Blood Services is giving you the chance to win a Dream Vacation. At the end of the summer, one donor will win a trip of their choice, up to $6,000! (Details on the trip giveaway at www.UnitedBloodServices.org/LA).

If you're not at least 21 years old, you could still win a great prize. All 16-20 year olds who donate now through August are entered to win an Apple Watch. And everyone who donates will receive a "Give Life" t-shirt, while supplies last.

You can donate at United Blood Services in Lafayette at 1503 Bertrand Drive:

Monday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Tuesday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am - 5:30pm
Friday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm

For more information about donating, visit www.unitedbloodservices.org or call 877-827-4376.