Red Cross needs donations

An emergency blood shortage has prompted the American Red Cross to issue an urgent call for eligible donors of all blood types – especially type O – to give now and help save lives.

The Red Cross escalated its call for blood and platelet donors after a difficult Independence Day week for donations. More than 550 fewer blood drives were organized by businesses and other community groups last week than during a typical week as individuals across the country celebrated the holiday and enjoyed summer activities.

“Each and every day, individuals across the country depend on blood and platelet donations for lifesaving treatments and emergency care, so it’s critical that people donate now to meet these needs,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services, in a news release. “Whether you’ve never donated or give a couple of times a year, you’re needed to give as soon as possible to help save patient lives. Yours may be the donation a patient is counting on.”

Williamsburg/James City County

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 20 at TJ Maxx on 4640 Monticello Avenue.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 21 at Kingdom Life Christian Church on 1679 Merrimac Trail.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 24 at the Williamsburg-James City County Courthouse on 5201 Monticello Avenue.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 27 at Riverside Doctors' Hospital Williamsburg on 1500 Commonwealth Avenue.

York County

2:30-7 p.m. July 19 at Peninsula Community Chapel on 4209 Big Bethel Road.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 23 at Wild Birds Unlimited on 3120 Kiln Creek Parkway.

1-5 p.m. July 26 at Ocean Storage on 105 Professional Parkway.

1-6 p.m. July 26 at Saint Mark Lutheran Church on 118 Old York Hampton Highway.

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.

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