Save a life, get a free meal

The red cross is trying to beef up the blood supply by giving donors a free grilled hamburger, courtesy of the North Carolina Cattleman's Beef Council and Southern Foods. The Red Cross says donations drop in the summer because people's schedules are so busy, but with the July Fourth holiday approaching, the Red Cross is in desperate need for more blood.

To donate and get your free burger go to the Red Cross Blood Center at 1102 South 16th Street between 11:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.