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Blood donors needed to overcome this summer's blood shortage

Published: August 21, 2016 12:00 AM

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage.

Donors of all blood types are urgently needed to give now to help ensure blood is available for patients in need. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to donate again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and double red cells can be donated every 112 days.

In appreciation for helping to save lives, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

Schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.


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Aug. 24: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Stow Munroe Falls Public Library, 3512 Darrow Road

Cuyahoga Falls

Aug. 22: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., St. Eugenes Church, 1821 Munroe Falls Ave.

Aug. 25: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Natatorium, 2345 4th St.


Aug. 24: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Barlow Community Center, 41 South Oviatt


Aug. 23: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Family Health and Surgery Center, Twinsburg, 8701 Darrow Road

Aug. 31: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 8971 Wilcox Drive

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