The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood during National Preparedness Month to help ensure a readily available supply for emergencies following a critical summer blood shortage.
Local blood drives include: Monday, Sept. 11, noon-6 p.m., Swanton Alliance Church Epic Center, 124 N. Main St.; Tuesday, Sept. 12, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Ruihley Park Pavilion, 320 W. Holland St., Archbold.
Donations decline around summer holidays like Labor Day. To thank those who come out to give Sept. 1-6, the Red Cross is providing a branded T-shirt, while supplies last.
Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767. To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass.