NELSON COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The American Red Cross and a Nelson County nonprofit are teaming up to raise awareness about sickle cell disease.

The Nelson County Heritage Center will be hosting a pair of events this month focused on the disease and supporting people who have it.

On Jan. 7, there will be a presentation called “Sickle Cell Disease - Why my blood matters.”

Alexis Innis, the blood donor manager for the Central Virginia chapter of the American Red Cross, will be talking about sickle cell and how people with it may need as many as 100 units of blood annually.

This discussion will take place at 2 p.m.

People interested in attending are asked to contact Innis by sending an email to [email protected] by Friday.

Then on Jan. 20, there will be the Sickle Cell Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., by appointment only.

This will be part of the Martin Luther King Jr. weekend of celebration and service.

To make an appointment for the blood drive, click here and use the sponsor code NHC. Appointments can also be made by calling (800) 733-2767.