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 RedCrossBlood.org, 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 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)
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