The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and is issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives.
Local blood drives include: Friday, July 7, 1-6 p.m., Pettisville Missionary Church, 19055 County Road D; Monday, July 10, noon-6 p.m., Swanton Alliance Church Epic Center, 124 N. Main St.;Tuesday, July 11, 1-6 p.m., North Clinton Church, 831 W. Linfoot St., Wauseon, and 11 a.m.- 5:30 p.m., Ruihley Park Pavilion, 320 W. Holland St., Archbold; Wednesday, July 19, 1-6 p.m., Shiloh Christian Church, 2100 County Road 5, Delta; Thursday, July 20, noon-6 p.m., First Christian Church, 129 E. Elm St., Wauseon.
Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.
“It’s crucial that people donate now to meet the needs of patients every day and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood,” said Christy Peters, external communications manager of the Western Lake Erie Blood Services Region. “Every day, blood and platelet donors can help save lives, and right now these heroes are needed to give as soon as possible.”
To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767.