The Dover Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority will hold a Sickle Cell Community Blood Drive from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 7 at the Delaware State University, Ag Annex Building, Dover.

The public is invited to attend.

The drive is being held in coordination with Sickle Cell Awareness Month. Sickle cell is a disease that causes the red blood cells to change and become crescent shaped, making it difficult to carry oxygen. The disease affects more than 100,000 Americans, and managing the disease often requires blood transfusions. Sickle cell disease occurs in one in every 500 African American births and one in every 36,000 Hispanic births.

To sign up, visit redcrossblood.org.