Blood shortage continues: Red Cross needs donors now

While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now.  

Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.

To thank donors who help refuel the blood and platelet supply this month, all who come to give July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email and will also receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). More information and details are available at rcblood.org/fuel. Also, all those who come to donate throughout the entire month of July will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm. To learn more, visit rcblood.org/CedarFair.

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves for the rest of the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using 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.

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 16-31

Area Blood Donation Center Hours

North Plate Blood and Platelet Donation Center (1111 S. Cottonwood, North Platte, NE 69101)

Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Monday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Tuesday, 11 a.m.- 7 p.m.

Wednesday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.

Thursday, Closed

Friday, Closed

Saturday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m.

Mobile Donation Opportunities

Arthur County

Arthur

7/19/2021: 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Arthur County Fairgrounds, 105 S Highway 61

 

Chase County

Imperial

7/20/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Chase County High School, 520 East 9th Street

Wauneta

7/29/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Wauneta Community Building, 325 North Tecumseh

 

Deuel County

Chappell

7/26/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Chappell Fire Hall, 1650 2nd Street

 

Frontier County

Eustis

7/19/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Legion Hall, 108 North Main Street

 

Furnas County

Cambridge

7/28/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Building, 722 Patterson St

 

Hitchcock County

Trenton

7/21/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Community Building, 201 East 1st

 

Keith County

Ogallala

7/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Petrified Wood Gallery, 418 East 1st Street

 

Lincoln County

North Platte

7/16/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Bethel E Free church, 2700 West Philip

7/22/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Berean Church, 202 West 8th, PO Box 397

7/29/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Eagles Club, 620 N Chestnut

7/30/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., North Platte Blood Donation Center, 1111 S. Cottonwood

 

Logan County

Stapleton

7/28/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Village Hall, 236 Main Street

 

Perkins County

Elsie

7/23/2021: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Methodist Church, 404 Madrid St

 

About blood donation

To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements.

 

Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.