While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types – especially type O – are urged to make an appointment to give now. Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries. To thank donors who help refuel the blood supply this month, all who come to give July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email and will also receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). More information and details are available at rcblood.org/fuel. Also, all those who come to donate throughout the entire month of July will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm. To learn more, visit rcblood.org/CedarFair. Donors who give now will help stock the shelves for the rest of the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility. Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 16-31 MD Allegany Cumberland 7/14/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Covenant Life Church, 15300 McMullen Highway 7/16/2021: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., Allegany College of Maryland, 12401 Willowbrook Road S.E. 7/22/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 1222 Vocke Road 7/23/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Cumberland YMCA (Riverside), 601 Kelly Road Ellerslie 7/30/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Calvary Bible Church, 13901 South Gardner Ave 2021-APL-0456 _______________ Garrett Accident 7/19/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Garrett College Career & Technology Training Center, 116 Industrial Park Drive Oakland 7/13/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pleasant Valley Community Center, 975 JONI MILLER ROAD WV Grant Petersburg 7/26/2021: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Petersburg Elementary School – Cafeteria, 333 Rig St _______________ Harrison Bridgeport 7/15/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Meadowbrook Mall Bridgeport, 2399 Meadowbrook Mall Rd 7/26/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 20 Sweetbrier Lane 7/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Benedum Center, 164 West Main Street Clarksburg 7/23/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Robinson Grand, 444 W Pike St. _______________ Marion Fairmont 7/14/2021: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Central United Methodist Church, 301 Fairmont Ave 7/16/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., White Hall Municipal Building, 118 Tygart Mall Loop 7/20/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Police Reserve Building, 35 City View Terrace 7/21/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., South Ridge Church, 1659 Fairmont Avenue _______________ Mineral Keyser 7/27/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Building, 66 South Main Street _______________ Monongalia Morgantown 7/13/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., StoneBridge Baptist Church, 6510 Mall Road 7/15/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Westside Senior Center, 500 DuPont Road 7/16/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Holiday Inn-University Area, 1188 Pineview Drive 2021-APL-0456 7/19/2021: 1:30 p.m. – 7 p.m., Suncrest United Methodist Church, 479 Van Voorhis Road 7/21/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Health Science Center South Tower, 1 Medical Center Drive 7/23/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Holiday Inn-University Area, 1188 Pineview Drive 7/26/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Morgantown Elks Lodge 411, 1138 Chestnut Ridge Rd 7/27/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Hotel Morgan, 127 High St. 7/28/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Courtyard Marriott, 460 Courtyard Street 7/29/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Francis De Sales, 1 Guthrie Lane 7/30/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Holiday Inn-University Area, 1188 Pineview Drive _______________ Pocahontas Snowshoe 7/20/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Snowshoe Mountain Resort, 10 Snowshoe Drive _______________ Preston Bruceton Mills 7/22/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bruceton Fire Hall, Union Street _______________ Randolph Elkins 7/14/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 1953 Country Club Road, P.O. Box 1210 _______________ Upshur Buckhannon 7/12/2021: 11:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Chapel Hill United Methodist Church, 88 S Kanawha Street About blood donation To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), 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 must meet certain height and weight requirements. Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App. Health insights for donors At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is also screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with 2021-APL-0456 sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease. Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org. Blood drive safety The Red Cross has updated its pandemic safety protocols in alignment with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Fully vaccinated individuals, including staff and donors, no longer need to wear masks or socially distance. Unvaccinated individuals continue to be required to wear masks and socially distance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.