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Red Cross urgently needs blood donations before summer ends
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With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions, 1809 24th St., Great Bend, will take blood donations Wednesday, Aug. 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs, according to Red Cross Blood Services. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give now through Aug. 29 with a $5 Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see More information and details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Aug. 14 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., CUNA Mutual Retirement Solutions, 1809 24th St., Great Bend

Aug. 15 - 9:15 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., United Methodist Church, 357 E. Bell, Utica 

Aug. 16 - 12:30-6:30 p.m., Claflin Community Center, 409 A Street 

Aug. 16 - noon - 6 p.m., La Crosse City Auditorium, 417 Main 

Aug. 19 - 12:30-6:30 p.m., Hoisington Activity Center, 1200 Susank 

Aug. 20 - noon - 6 p.m., Larned Community Center, 1500 Toles

Aug. 21 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Stafford High School, 430 E. Broadway

Aug. 24 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., VFW Post 3111, 504 Washington, Great Bend

Aug. 29 - 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Barton County Health Dept., 1300 Kansas

Aug. 30 - 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Heartland Cancer Center, 204 Cleveland, Great Bend