The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.
The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.
Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
Thursday, July 17 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at Bethel United Brethren Church, 2920 State Route 590 in Elmore.
Sunday, July 20 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Wesley Lodge, 510 Central Ave. in Lakeside.
Wednesday, July 16 from noon until 6 p.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 609 Vine St. in Clyde.
Monday, July 28 from noon until 6 p.m. at Fremont VFW, 204 Birchard Ave. in Fremont.
Tuesday, July 29 from 12:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. at VictoryChurch, 2051 Old Oak Harbor Road in Fremont.
Thursday, July 31 from noon until 5 p.m. at Woodville Township Fire Department, 321 E. Main St. in Woodville.
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.