TROY — The American Red Cross asks people to book a time to give blood or platelets now to address a recent drop in donation appointments that could lead to fewer transfusions for patients in the weeks ahead. Type O blood donors are especially needed to ensure a strong blood supply.
The start of summer can shake up normal routines, but it’s important for donation appointments to stay on the calendar – especially as Memorial Day weekend approaches. More than 42 million Americans are expected to travel over the holiday, meaning fewer donors may be available to give.
Appointments are critical this week for people waiting for lifesaving care. Download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to schedule a time to give now.
In thanks for making and keeping appointments, the Red Cross will help donors prepare for beach days and backyard fun as the season begins: all who come to give through May 31 will receive an exclusive Red Cross beach towel, while supplies last, donors in May will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game in Seattle, including two tickets to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game thanks to the support of Fanatics, round-trip airfare, four-night hotel accommodations, a $750 gift card and more.
Those who come to give June 1-30 will receive a $10 gift card by email to a merchant of their choice. Plus, they’ll also be automatically entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package including a projector and screen, projector tripod, smokeless firepit, Adirondack chair set and a movie night snack package.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities, May 22-June 15:
Saint Paris — June 12 from 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. in the Evans-Purk Building, 115 S. Church St.
Urbana — June 1 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St., June 5 from noon to 6 p.m. at the First Presbyterian Church, 116 W. Court St. and June 14 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Champaign County Community Building, 1512 U.S. State Route 68.
Beavercreek — May 24, from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Fairfield Commons, 2727 Fairfield Commons and June 2 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Om Shanthi Hall/Hindu Temple of Dayton, 2615 Temple Lane
Dayton — May 30 from 1o a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center, 10823 Chidlaw Rd., Bldg #823, Area A, Gate 12 A
Bellefontaine — June 13 from noon to 6 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 201 Main N
Troy — May 25 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Red Cross Building — Troy, 1100 Wayne St.
Dayton — June 2 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Revival Center Ministries, 3011 Oakridge Drive and June 7 from 1 to 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 200, 5046 Nebraska Ave.
How to donate blood:
To make an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Amplify your impact − volunteer!
Another way to support the lifesaving mission of the Red Cross is to become a volunteer blood donor ambassador at Red Cross blood drives. Blood donor ambassadors help greet, check in and thank blood donors to ensure they have a positive donation experience.
Volunteers can also serve as transportation specialists, playing a vital role in ensuring lifesaving blood products are delivered to nearby hospitals. For more information and to apply for either position visit redcross.org/volunteertoday.