Blood donations urgently needed in the final weeks of summer


The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a chronic summer blood shortage.

In August, regular donors may delay giving as final summer vacations are planned and back-to-school activities ramp up. To fully meet the needs of hospital patients in the coming days and weeks, donations are urgently needed from new and current donors.

Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target eGiftCard.

They can also receive a coupon for buy one get one free entry to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (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.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 15-Sept. 9:

Delaware County

Columbus

9/8/2017: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., McGraw-Hill Companies, 8787 Orion Place

Delaware

8/15/2017: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Delaware Christian School, 45 Belle Avenue

8/22/2017: 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Delaware Community YMCA, 1121 South Houk Road

8/25/2017: 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Mingo Park, 500 East Lincoln Ave

8/26/2017: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Delaware County Library, 84 East Winter Street

8/29/2017: 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Orange Branch Delaware County Library, 7171 Gooding Blvd.

9/7/2017: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Byers Toyota, 1599 Columbus Pike

Lewis Center

8/15/2017: 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/17/2017: 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/19/2017: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/21/2017: 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/22/2017: 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/23/2017: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Orange Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road

8/24/2017: 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/26/2017: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/28/2017: 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/29/2017: 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

8/31/2017: 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

9/2/2017: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

9/5/2017: 2 p.m.-7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

9/7/2017: 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

9/9/2017: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building

Powell

8/19/2017: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 3924 Home Road

9/6/2017: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Columbus Zoo, 9990 Riverside Drive

9/7/2017: 1 p.m.-6 p.m., YMCA, 7798 North Liberty Road

Sunbury

8/18/2017: 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Condit Presbyterian Church, 15102 Hartford Road

8/18/2017: 1 p.m.-7 p.m., Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 West Cherry Street

9/3/2017: 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sunbury United Methodist Church, 100 West Cherry Street

Westerville

8/22/2017: 3:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m., Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

8/28/2017: 1 p.m.-6 p.m., Westerville Community Center, 350 N. Cleveland Ave

8/31/2017: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., United Healthcare of Ohio, 9200 Worthington Rd

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