OHIO VALLEY — 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.
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. 15-31 around the region include:
Aug. 16, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Holzer Gallipolis, 100 Jackson Pike
Aug. 17, 12:30-6 p.m., Saint Peters Episcopal Church, 541 2nd Avenue
Aug. 23, 1-6 p.m., Mulberry Community Center, 260 Mulberry Ave
Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mountaineer Power Plant, State Route 62, P. O. Box 419
Aug. 28, 1-6 p.m., Moose Lodge #731, 44 Cape Lane, Suite B