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The American Red Cross in urgent need of blood

American Red Cross worker Caroline Amato prepares to draw blood from Freshman Meghan Gallagher during the Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge held in the Findlay Commons on the Penn State campus November 10, 2009.
American Red Cross worker Caroline Amato prepares to draw blood from Freshman Meghan Gallagher during the Penn State vs. Michigan State Blood Donor Challenge held in the Findlay Commons on the Penn State campus November 10, 2009. Centre Daily Times, file

The American Red Cross said in a release that it need blood donors to give, give, give.

If enough donors turn out to give blood, ARC will be able to overcome a “critical” shortage in the final weeks of summer, according to a release.

“The summer months are among the most challenging times of years to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. Many regular donors delay giving while they take vacation and participate in summer activities,” the release said. “The need for blood doesn’t take a summer break, though.”

Donors of all blood types are needed.

Previous donors may be eligible to give again.

“Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and double red cells can be donated every 112 days,” according to ARC. Those who donate to ARC through the end of August will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

You can schedule an appointment to give blood by downloading a free app called Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Upcoming donation opportunities

Bellefonte

12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at 100 Match Factory Place

Centre Hall

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 23 at the Grange Fair Campground

Rebersburg

1:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 16 at the Miles Township Fire Hall

State College

1 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Aug. 16 at 850 Stratford Drive

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 22 at 2121 Old Gatesburg Road

12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug. 25 at 1865 Waddle Road

2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at 709 Ridge Ave.

University Park

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at 100 Innovation Blvd.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 29 at the HUB

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 30 at the Agricultural Administration Building

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 31 at the Hintz Family Alumni Center

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