WICHITA — The American Red Cross announced the following blood donation opportunities for August:
Barton County - Aug. 27 from 2-7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Parish Center, 110 W. Second St. in Ellinwood.
Ness County - Aug. 27 from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. at United Methodist Church, 357 E. Bell in Utica.
Pawnee County - Aug. 30 from noon to 6 p.m. at J.A. Haas Building, 400 E. 18th in Larned; Sept. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pawnee Heights High School, 100 W. Grand in Rozel; and Sept. 13 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Pawnee Valley Community Hospital, 923 Carroll St. in Larned.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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.
Gift card promotion
Blood donations especially drop around the summer holidays, when donors are busy with fun activities or on vacation. As part of the Red Cross Summer of Stories campaign to maintain the blood supply, everyone who presents to give blood between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9, in honor of Labor Day, could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.
Watch videos of individuals whose lives have been touched by blood donors at redcrossblood.org/summer. Then, share your own story via social media using the #SummerofStories hashtag.