As the nation transitions to a new phase of the pandemic and people begin to return to some of their favorite activities, the Red Cross is concerned about the impact this could have on blood donor turnout and the blood supply this summer.
Individuals of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment to give blood, and in most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. Appointments can be made by downloading the 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.
Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in May will be entered to win a travel trailer camper, powered by Suburban Propane. The Red Cross is also thanking those who come to donate May 28-June 12 with a limited-edition T-shirt, while supplies last.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
May 17 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Providence School House, 13247 state Route E in Versailles.
May 17 from noon to 4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 154 W. Washington St. in Warsaw.
May 18 from 2 to 6 p.m. at Springhill Mennonite Church, 35937 state Route E in Latham.
May 20 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Missouri Department of Social Services, 505 N. Ridgeview Drive, Suite A in Warrensburg.
May 20 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1531 N. Vansant Road in Clinton.
May 21 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 1531 N. Vansant Road in Clinton.