With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.  

With the help of a $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Aug. 15 from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Stover Community Center, 600 Legion Drive in Stover.

Aug. 17 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Marshall National Guard, 453 Davis Ave. in Marshall.

Aug. 20 from 1 to 6 p.m. at Leeton High School, 500 N. Main in Leeton.

Aug. 21 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Knights of Columbus, South Osage in Tipton.

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