An emergency request for blood and platelet donations has been issued by the American Red Cross. Eligible donors are urged to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.
At times, blood and platelets are being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in, which impacts the ability to rebuild the blood supply. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross strives to have a five-day supply at all times to meet the needs of patients every day and be prepared for emergencies that may require significant volumes of donated blood products
“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives,” said Christy Peters, External Communications manager of the Northern Ohio Blood Services Region.
Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to help restock the shelves. The Red Cross is thanking those who come in to donate blood or platelets between July 25 and Aug. 31 by emailing them a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 800-733-2767. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce wait times.
Fulton County: Tuesday, July 26, noon-6 p.m., Crossroads Evangelical Church, 845 E. Leggett St., Wauseon; Thursday, July 28, 1-6 p.m., Lyons Christian Church, 138 E. Morenci St., Lyons; Thursday, Aug. 4, 6 a.m.-noon, Fulton County Health Center, 725 S. Shoop Ave., Wauseon; Monday, Aug. 8, 1-6 p.m., St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 203 S. Defiance St., Archbold; Monday, Aug. 15, noon-6 p.m., Delta Church of Christ, 500 Providence St., Delta.
Henry County: Saturday, Aug. 6, noon-6 p.m., Napoleon American Legion, 500 Glenwood St.; Saturday, Aug. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Napoleon Harley Davidson, 862 American Road.