The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during Liver Awareness Month this October. According to the American Liver Foundation, more than 6,000 liver transplants are performed each year in the United States, making it the second most common transplant. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during surgery. All those who attempt to donate blood during October will be eligible to win a $5,000 Visa gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane. To make an appointment visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the area: Bridgeport Monday, Oct. 6 \u2014 11:30-4:30 p.m., Housatonic Community College, 900 Layfayette Street. Fairfield Friday, Oct. 3 \u2014 8:30-1:30 p.m., Sportsplex at Fairfield, 85 Mill Plain Road, Building J. Tuesday, Oct. 7 \u2014 9-7 p.m., Sacred Heart University, 5151 Park Avenue. Wednesday, Oct. 15 \u2014 8-1 p.m., Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, 1229 Post Road. Monroe Saturday, Oct. 4 \u2014 8-1 p.m., Monroe Senior Center, 235 Cutlers Farm Road. Shelton Friday, Oct. 3 \u2014 1-6:15 p.m., Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street. Monday, Oct. 13 \u2014 8-1:45 p.m., R.D. Scinto Towers, 2 Corporate Drive. Stratford Thursday, Oct. 9 \u2014 1- 6:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 2252 Main Street. Trumbull Wednesday, Oct. 15 \u2014 11:45-4:45 p.m., Middlebrook Farms of Trumbull, 2750 Reservoir Avenue.