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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 in Orange County July 16-31:

7/20/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Brewery X, 3191 E La Palma Avenue
7/22/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St Boniface Catholic Church, 120. N Janss St.
7/27/2021: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 441 S Fairmont Blvd
7/27/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Pendulum Property Partners, 2390 E Orangewood Ave, Suite 105

Buena Park
7/19/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Moose Lodge 1945, 8651 Knott Ave

Garden Grove
7/20/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Elk’s Lodge #1952, 11551 Trask Ave
7/21/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Simpson Chevrolet, 10150 Trask Ave
7/22/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Building G, 6202 Cerulean Ave
7/27/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Christ Cathedral, 13280 Chapman Avenue
7/28/2021: 2 p.m. – 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 11832 Euclid Ave

Huntington Beach
7/16/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Huntington Beach Masonic Center, 601 Palm Avenue
7/30/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Huntington Beach Masonic Center, 601 Palm Avenue

Los Alamitos
7/25/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St Isidore Historical Plaza, 10961 Reagan Street

7/21/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Rossmoor Home Owners Association, 3031 Blume Dr

Seal Beach
7/16/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Ave
7/26/2021: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., The Ranch at Seal Beach, 3030 Old Ranch Parkway
7/28/2021: 9:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Ave

7/30/2021: 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., Westminster Mall, 100 Westminster Mall

This article was released by the American Red Cross.