Red Cross urges blood donations during summer months

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An American Red Cross blood donation worker prepares a person to give blood. The Red Cross is urging people to donate blood during the summer months. (Red Cross photo by Carl Manning)

The American Red Cross urges blood donors in the Western Missouri Region 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.biomed_heart

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.

Here are upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 15-31 in the Kansas City Metro area:

 Aug. 15, 4 p.m.-8 p.m.: Rose Estates, 12700 Antioch Road, Overland Park, KS.

Aug 16, 3 p.m.-7 p.m.: Platte City United Methodist Church, 14040 N. Highway, Platte City, MO.

Aug. 23, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.: Public Works Robinson Complex, 1385 S. Robinson, Olathe, KS.

Aug. 26, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: Spirit Zone Booster Club, 1160 SE Century Dr., Lees Summit, MO.

Aug. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Redeemer Lutheran Church, 920 Alta Lane, Olathe, KS.

Aug. 29, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.: City Wide/ODDO/BASYS, 15423 W. 100th Terrace, Lenexa, KS.

Aug. 30, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Hy-Vee, 8301 N.Saint Clair Rd., Kansas City, MO.

Aug. 31, 8 a.m.-Noon: New Directions Behavioral Health, 8140 Ward Parkway, Suite 500, Kansas City, MO.

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