The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.

“September is National Preparedness Month and we urge eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment of the River Valley Blood Services Region. “Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition like sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale disaster, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Red Cross blood and platelet donors play an important role in helping communities be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”

Donors of all blood types are needed as blood products continue to be distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations come in. 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). Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

DC Metal Sales, 9929 East U.S Highway 50 Cannelburg, IN 47519

9/23/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Zion Amish Mennonite Church, 6233 N 900 E Montgomery, IN 47558

10/14/2016: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

 

American Legion Hall, 425 S. Main St. Ferdinand, IN 47532

10/10/2016: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Walmart, 4040 Newton Street Jasper, IN 47546

9/19/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Old National Bank- Jasper, 1 DCB Plaza Jasper, IN 47546

9/26/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

First Baptist Church of Jasper, 3556 north Portersville Road Jasper, IN 47546

10/11/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Holy Cross Catholic Church / School, 305 East Walnut Street Fort Branch, IN 47648

10/6/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

 

Nidec Motor Corporation, 1551 East Broadway St. Princeton, IN      47670

9/22/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Perry Central High School, 18677 Old State Road 37 Leopold, IN    47551

10/7/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

German American Bank Tell City, 645 main st. Tell City, IN 47586

10/11/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Marrs Township Volunteer Fire Department, 5960 N. Ford Rd. Mount Vernon, IN 47620

9/29/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Wendel Hall, 4725 Saint Wendel Cynthinana Road Wadesville, IN 47638

9/25/2016: 7:30 a.m. - noon

 

St. Joseph Parish Center, 214 S. Wallace Street       Dale, IN           47523

9/18/2016: 8 a.m. - noon

 

St. Meinrad School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive Saint Meinrad, IN     47577

9/20/2016: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

 

Washington Avenue Church of Christ, 4001 Washington Ave. Evansville, IN 47714

9/18/2016: 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

 

Stockwell Blood Donation Center, 29 South Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

9/20/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9/23/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

9/27/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

9/30/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

10/4/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

10/7/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

10/11/2016: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.

10/14/2016: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Deaconess Hospital, 600 Mary St. Evansville, IN      47747

9/21/2016: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

St. Mary's Medical Center, 3700 Washington Ave. Evansville, IN     47750

9/22/2016: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

Payne Wealth Partners, 601 N Cross Pointe Blvd. Evansville, IN 47715

9/27/2016: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

 

Christian Fellowship Church, 4100 Millersburg Road Evansville, IN 47725

10/2/2016: 7:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

 

St. Joseph Catholic Church, 6130 West St. Joseph Rd. Evansville, IN 47720

10/9/2016: 8 a.m. - noon

 

St. John's United Church of Christ, 123 North 6th St. Boonville, IN 47601

9/21/2016: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

 

Boonville Worship Center, 3900 hwy 62 West Boonville, IN 47601

10/8/2016: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

 

A.B. Chandler Elementary School, 11215 US 60 West Corydon, KY 42406

10/3/2016: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

Henderson Community College, 2660 S. Green St. Henderson, KY 42420

9/21/2016: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

City of Henderson Community Blood Drive, 76 S. Green St. Henderson, KY 42420

9/28/2016: noon - 4 p.m.

 

Presbyterian Church, 100 South Main St. Henderson, KY     42420

10/10/2016: 1:30 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Community Baptist Church, 1026 Pebble Creek Drive Henderson,  KY 42420

10/12/2016: 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

 

Spencer County High School, 520 Taylorsville Road Taylorsville, KY 40071

9/19/2016: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

 

Clay Elementary, 210 College St.       Clay, KY 42404

9/30/2016: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m.

 

First Baptist Church, 12100 State Route 132 E Sebree, KY 42455

9/25/2016: 8 a.m. - noon

 

 

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.

 

Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

 

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.