Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends

(Aug. 8, 2018) — As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.

A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O.

In thanks for helping at this urgent time, all those who come to donate blood or platelets July 30 through Aug. 30, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 16-31

Ballard County Cooperative Extension Office, 110 Broadway, La Center, KY 42056

8/16/2018: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, 1601 Main St., Murray, KY 42071

8/16/2018: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Finish Line Car Wash, 3516 Clarks River Road, Paducah, KY 42003

8/17/2018: noon – 5 p.m.

Graves County Public Library, 601 N. 17th St., Mayfield, KY 42066

8/17/2018: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

First Christian Church, 2515 S. Main St., Benton, KY 42025

8/20/2018: 2 – 6 p.m.

Caledonia Community Church, 10076 State Highway 37, Olmsted, IL 62970

8/21/2018: 1:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Murray State University, Chestnut Street, Murray, KY 42071

8/23/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

8/24/2018: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Paducah Blood Donation Center, 4635 Falconcrest Drive, Paducah, KY 42001

8/16/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

8/17/2018: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

8/18/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

8/19/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

8/20/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

8/21/2018: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

8/23/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

8/24/2018: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

8/25/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

8/26/2018: 7:45 a.m. – 2:15 p.m.

8/27/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:15 p.m.

8/28/2018: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

8/30/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 6:45 p.m.

8/31/2018: 8:45 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Lone Oak United Methodist Church, 3835 Old Highway U.S. 45, Paducah, KY 42001

8/26/2018: 11:45 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Lone Oak First Baptist Church, 3601 Lone Oak Road, Paducah, KY 42001

8/27/2018: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

First Baptist Church, Monroe Street and Jefferson Street, Golconda, IL 62938

8/27/2018: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

American Legion, 211 S. Seventh St., Mayfield, KY 42066

8/28/2018: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Livingston Hospital Health Care Services, 131 Hospital Drive, Salem, KY 42078

8/29/2018: 12:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Reidland Church of Christ, 5500 Kentucky Dam Road, Paducah, KY 42003

8/29/2018: 3:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Calvert City Church of Christ, 4625 U.S. Highway 62, Calvert City, KY 42029

8/30/2018: 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Marshall County Hospital, 615 Old Symsonia Road, Benton, KY 42025

8/30/2018: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Charleston High School, 604 South Thorn St., Charleston, MO 63834

8/31/2018: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.