Emergency blood shortage continues

As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.

A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O.

In thanks for helping at this urgent time, all those who come to donate blood or platelets through Aug. 30 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email. Details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 16 weeks.

Area blood drives are planned at the following locations

• Aug. 10: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. James Lutheran School, 324 S. Andrews St., Shawano

• Aug. 10: 1-6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 910 E. Zingler Ave., Shawano

• Aug. 16: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Menominee Indian High School, N500 State Highway 47-55, Keshena

• Aug. 20: 1-6 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 240 E. Green Bay St., Bonduel

• Aug. 22: Noon to 5 p.m., Shawano Community High School, 220 County Road B, Shawano

• Aug. 29: 1-6 p.m., North Star Mohican Casino Resort, W12180 County Road A, Bowler

• Sept. 10: 2-6 p.m., Zion Lutheran Church, 1254 S. Lincoln St., Shawano.