Red Cross Blood Drive Schedule - Critical Shortage Continues

  • 7/25/2017 11:47:19 AM
  • WMFD Digital Team
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OHIOThousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed. As a special thank you, those who give blood or platelets with the Red Cross July 26 through Aug. 31 will be emailed a $5 Target e-Gift Card.

After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. Despite this improvement, blood products are still being distributed to hospitals as fast as donations are coming in, so more donations are needed to meet patient needs and replenish the blood supply.

“The blood supply is like a cell phone battery, it constantly needs recharging,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager of the Central Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives and encourage those who haven’t to consider rolling up a sleeve and give the gift of life. It only takes about an hour but can mean a lifetime for patients.”

Nearly 61,000 fewer blood donations than needed were given through the Red Cross in May and June, prompting the emergency call for donations in early July. The shortfall was the equivalent of the Red Cross not receiving any blood donations for more than four days.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

The following is a list of upcoming drives and donor locations organized by date and county.


Delaware County


  • 8/22/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Delaware Community YMCA, 1121 South Houk Road
  • 8/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Mingo Park, 500 East Lincoln Ave
  • 8/26/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Delaware County Library, 84 East Winter Street

Lewis Center

  • 8/22/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building
  • 8/23/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Orange Township Hall, 1680 E. Orange Road
  • 8/24/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building
  • 8/26/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Polaris Blood Donation Center, 1327 Cameron Avenue, Oak Creek Building


  • 8/22/2017: 3:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Westerville Central High School, 7118 Mount Royal Ave.

Knox County


  • 8/22/2017: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Centerburg Church of Christ, 3830 Columbus Road

Mount Vernon

  • 8/25/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., First-Knox National Bank-Mt.Vernon, One South Main Street
  • 8/25/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., YMCA, 103 N. Main Street

Marion County


  • 8/23/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Marion Salem United Methodist Church, 1640 Salem Road
  • 8/26/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., River Valley High School, 4280 Marion-Mount Gilead Rd


  • 8/22/2017: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., The Alber Red Cross Center, 1849 Summerset Drive
  • 8/24/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ohio State University at Marion and Marion Technical College, 1465 Mt. Vernon Avenue #95

Morrow County


  • 8/24/2017: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Highland High School, 6505 SR 229

Richland County


  • 8/23/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland Blood Donation Center, 39 N Park Street
  • 8/25/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., YMCA, 750 Scholl Road

Union County


  • 8/25/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Marysville Elks Lodge, 125 E. Fifth St

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