Red Cross blood donations urgently needed in final weeks of summer

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

The summer months are among the most challenging times of the year to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need.

heart with American Red CrossThose who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and double red cells can be donated every 112 days.

In appreciation for helping to save lives, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

Schedule an appointment 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.

Here are the upcoming Red Cross Western Missouri Region blood donation locations in Kansas counties:

Lenexa

Aug. 23, 11 a.m .-  3 p.m.: 15433 West 100th Terrace.

Olathe

Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.: Public Works Robinson Complex, 1385 South Robinson.

Aug. 28, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 920 Alta Lane.

Osawatomie

Aug. 18, 1 – 6 p.m.: Memorial Hall, 411 Eleventh Street.

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