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Red Cross drives scheduled

Published: July 10, 2017 4:00 AM

The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage and issuing an emergency call for eligible blood and platelet donors of all blood types to give now and help save lives, the organization said Wednesday.

Blood donations have fallen short of expectations for the past two months, resulting in about 61,000 fewer donations than needed and causing a significant draw down of the Red Cross blood supply. The shortfall is the equivalent of the Red Cross not collecting any blood donations for more than four days.

The Red Cross has added more than 25,000 additional appointment slots at donation centers and community blood drives across the country over the next few weeks to accommodate more donors. Donation appointments and completion of a RapidPass online health history questionnaire are encouraged to help reduce the time it takes to donate.To schedule an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS, visit redcrossblood.org or use the free Blood Donor App on your smartphone or tablet.

In Portage County, the following blood drives are scheduled through July 26:

11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., July 13, Northeast Ohio Medical University, 4209 S.R. 44, Rootstown.

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12:30 to 5:30 p.m., July 14, Streetsboro Library, 8990 Kirby Lane, Streetsboro.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m., July 16, Edinburg Town Hall, 6856 Tallmadge Road, Edinburg.

Noon to 7 p.m., July 21, United Methodist Church of Kent, 1435 E. Main St., Kent.

Noon to 6 p.m., July 24, University Hospitals Portage Medical Center, 6847 N. Chestnut St., Ravenna.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 26, Step2 Company, 10010 Aurora-Hudson Road, Streetsboro.

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At least a dozen opportunities to donate are scheduled in the eastern Summit County area between July 10 and July 24. Among them are:

Cuyahoga Falls

Noon to 5 p.m., July 10, Cuyahoga Falls Library, 2015 3rd St.

2 to 7 p.m., July 17, St Luke's Lutheran Church, 2121 Sixth St.

Macedonia

1 to 6 p.m., July 20, Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 9080 Shepard Road

1 to 7 p.m., July 20, Macedonia Family Recreation Center, 1494 East Aurora Road

Sagamore Hills

2 to 6 p.m., July 14, Greenwood Village Clubhouse, 830 Village Club Drive

Stow

1 to 7 p.m., July 11, Holy Family Parish, 3450 Sycamore Drive

Noon to 7 p.m., July 12, Gavin Scott Salon and Spa, 4960 Darrow Road #B

Tallmadge

1 to 7 p.m. July 17, Our Lady of Victory, 73 North Ave.

8 a.m. to 2 p.m., July 23, Tallmadge Recreation Center, 46 North Munroe Road

Twinsburg

1 to 7 p.m., July 12, Grande Village Retirement Community, 2610 East Aurora Road

2 to 7 p.m., July 18, Christ the King Lutheran Church, 10285 Ravenna Road

1 to 6:30 p.m., July 24, Twinsburg Public Library, 10050 Ravenna Road


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