Red Cross Urgently Needs Blood Donations Before Summer Ends

Written by on August 13, 2019

(August 13, 2019) — With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

In addition, those who come to give blood in the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Region will receive a coupon for buy-one-get-one free entry to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, through August 31, 2019.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 13-31:

Hardin County

8/28/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., McVitty Memorial VFW Post 1182, 204 West Lima St.

8/26/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church, 11543 County Road 175

Logan County

Belle Center
8/26/2019: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., Belle Center United Methodist Church, 101 S. Center St.

8/13/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 Main N

Marion County

8/13/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Harding High School, 1500 Harding Highway East
8/17/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Alber Red Cross Center, 1849 Summerset Drive
8/20/2019: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College, 1465 Mt. Vernon Avenue #95
8/29/2019: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Cornerstone Alliance Church, 2010 Marion-Marysville Road
8/30/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., OhioHealth Marion Medical Campus, 1050 Delaware Avenue (Route 423)
8/30/2019: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Goldrush Jewelers, 482 Kensington Place
8/31/2019: 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., The Alber Red Cross Center, 1849 Summerset Drive

Union County

8/22/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Catholic Community Center, 1033 West Fifth Street
8/23/2019: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Marysville Elks Lodge, 125 E. Fifth St

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