The American Red Cross urges the community to to give blood before the end of August and help meet the constant need for blood products by patients. Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
Summer is an especially difficult time to collect enough blood to meet the needs of hospital patients. Despite travel and other activities that may cause some donors to be less available to give, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 blood donations every day to meet the needs of patients at approximately 2,600 hospitals and transfusion centers across the country.
With more summer days ahead, every blood donation is important in helping ensure blood is available for patients in need, and volunteer donors are the only source of blood for those who need it. Donors of all blood types – especially those with types AB, O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed to help ensure blood products are available to hospital patients this summer.
When you come to donate blood in central Ohio any time now though Aug. 31, you can receive a coupon for buy one get one free entry to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium and enter a drawing for a $500 Marathon gas card.
To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the county:
Washington Court House:
July 24, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fayette County Fair at 213 Fairview Ave.
July 27, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. in honor of Bobby Seymour at 1867 US Highway 35 NW.
Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Grace United Methodist Church at 301 East Market Place.
Aug. 15, 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge at 23 S. Main St.