While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now.
Donors who give now will help stock the shelves for the rest of the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.
Local opportunities to give blood include:
July 27: 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Centenary United Methodist Church, 20 Park Ave.
July 29: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church - Desloge, 800 S. Grant St.
July 22: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., First Baptist Church, 210 North A St.
July 23: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Culvers, 525 W. Karsch Blvd.
July 25: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., St Joseph Catholic Church, 5 South Carleton St.
July 27: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Steps Church of God, 306 N Carleton St.
July 30: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., New Heights Church, 4982 Flat River Rd.