While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions.
The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types—especially type O and those giving platelets—are urged to make an appointment to give now.
A local blood drive is scheduled for Monday, July 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Kiel Community Center, 510 3rd St.
Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.
To thank donors who help refuel the blood and platelet supply this month, all who come to give July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email and also will receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). More information and details are available at rcblood.org/fuel. Also, all those who come to donate throughout July will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm. To learn more visit rcblood.org/CedarFair.
(For more on this story please see the July 15 issue of the Tri-County News.)