American Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donations to overcome summer shortage

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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.

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

Clark County Blood Donation Center, 1805 E. Eighth St., Jeffersonville, IN. 47130
8/21/2017: 1 – 6 p.m.
8/28/2017: 1 – 6 p.m.

Ivy Tech Community College, 8204 County Road 311, Sellersburg, IN. 47172
8/30/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
8/31/2017: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

St. Michaels Catholic Church & Rectory, 11400 Farmers Lane N.E., Greenville, IN. 47124
8/28/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

Southern Indiana Rehabilitation Hospital, 3104 Blackiston Blvd., New Albany, IN. 47150
8/15/2017: 1 – 6 p.m.

Kroger, 200 New Albany Plaza, New Albany, IN. 47150
8/24/2017: 2 – 6 p.m.

Spencer Christian Church, 5720 Taylorsville Road, Fisherville, KY. 40023
8/23/2017: 3:30 – 8:30 p.m.

East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY. 40207
8/15/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
8/16/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8/17/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/18/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/19/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/21/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
8/22/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
8/23/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8/24/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/25/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/26/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/28/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
8/29/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
8/30/2017: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
8/31/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut St., Louisville, KY. 40202
8/15/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
8/16/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
8/17/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/18/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/19/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
8/20/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
8/21/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
8/22/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
8/23/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
8/24/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/25/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
8/26/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
8/27/2017: 8 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.
8/28/2017: noon – 6:45 p.m.
8/29/2017: noon – 7 p.m.
8/30/2017: 11 a.m. – 5:45 p.m.
8/31/2017: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Zaxby’s, 10715 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY. 40272
8/15/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Southwest Regional Library, 9725 Dixie Highway, Louisville, KY. 40272
8/15/2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

Amvets Post 61, 9405 Smyrna Road , Louisville, KY. 40229
8/16/2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

Epworth United Methodist Church, 919 Palatka Road, Louisville, KY. 40214
8/16/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

Firstsource Solutions USA,Inc., 1661 Lyndon Farms Court, Louisville, KY. 40223
8/17/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Coldwell Banker Commercial Realty, 9300 Shelbyville Road, Suite 502, Louisville, KY. 40222
8/17/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, Louisville, KY. 40209
8/17/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/18/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/19/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/20/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/21/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/22/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/23/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/24/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/25/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/26/2017: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
8/27/2017: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, 11501 Maple Way, Louisville, KY. 40229
8/17/2017: 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Parallon, 2700 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville, KY. 40299
8/18/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

St. Stephen Martyr, 2931 Pindell Ave., Louisville, KY. 40217
8/21/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

Appriss Inc., 10401 Linn Station Road, Suite 200, Louisville, KY. 40223
8/22/2017: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Kroger, 12450 La Grange Road, Louisville, KY. 40245
8/23/2017: 1 – 5 p.m.

Culver’s, 4630 S. Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY. 40299
8/28/2017: noon – 5 p.m.

Zaxby’s, 13811 Terra View Trail, Louisville, KY. 40245
8/28/2017: 1 – 6 p.m.

Epiphany Catholic Church, Church of Epiphany, 914 Old Harrods Creek Road, Louisville, KY. 40223
8/28/2017: 2 – 7 p.m.

Okolona Fire Protection District, 8501 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY. 40219
8/29/2017: 4 – 8 p.m.

Fern Creek Fire Department, 6200 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY. 40291
8/30/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Road, Louisville, KY. 40207
8/30/2017: 3 – 8 p.m.

Almost Family, Inc., 9510 Ormsby Station Road, Suite 300, Louisville, KY. 40223
8/31/2017: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Walmart, 7101 Cedar Springs Blvd., Louisville, KY. 40291
8/31/2017: 3 – 7 p.m.

Community partners play vital role in maintaining the blood supply

The Red Cross relies on community partners to help ensure a sufficient blood supply for patients. About 80 percent of blood donations made to the Red Cross are through blood drives set up by community organizations, groups and businesses, such as Suburban Propane.

As a proud national sponsor of the Red Cross Blood Services, Suburban Propane hosts blood drives throughout the year, encourages its employees and customers to donate during the challenging summer months, and provides employee volunteers across the country in one of the largest nationwide corporate volunteer efforts in support of the Red Cross Blood Services. Suburban Propane also supports a summer public awareness advertising campaign to educate people about the constant need for blood and platelet donations.

To become a community partner by hosting a Red Cross blood drive, visit redcrossblood.org for more information.

How to help

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

From American Red Cross

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