Red Cross stresses need for blood donations

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The American Red Cross and Discovery are partnering for Shark Week and invite people to dive in to help save lives by giving blood or platelets in July. The Red Cross saw a steep drop in blood and platelet donations last month, and donors are asked to make appointments now to prevent a blood shortage this summer.

In June, the Red Cross collected approximately 12% fewer blood donations than needed – one of the largest monthly blood donation shortfalls in recent years. Here in the Northern Ohio Region, nearly 2,000 fewer donations were made than expected. When less people answer the call to donate, the blood supply shrinks – and that could mean blood products aren’t ready for hospital staff to reach for in emergencies.

Thanks to Discovery, all who come to give blood or platelets in July will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive Shark Week merchandise package that includes:

· Beach bike

· Smokeless portable fire pit

· Paddle board

· Kayak

· $500 gift card to put toward accessories

Those who come to give July 21-24 will get an exclusive Shark Week T-shirt from Discovery, while supplies last. Details are available at

By making and keeping blood and platelet donation appointments in July, donors can connect with patients through a lifesaving gift. To book a time to give, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood drives in the area include:


July 29, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Northwest State Community College, 22-600 SR 34.


July 21, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cornerstone Church, 1520 Reynolds Rd.

July 22, 7:30 a.m., to 1:30 p.m., McLaren St. Luke’s, 5901 Monclova Rd.

July 28, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Maumee United Methodist Church, 405 Sackett St.


July 18, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Swanton American Legion, 200 S. Hallett Ave.


July 21, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Crossroads Evangelical Church, 845 E. Leggett St.

July 27, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., First Christian Church, 129 E. Elm St.

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