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The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood and platelets this fall to help restock the shelves following a significant summer shortage to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

Through the first two weeks of September, the Red Cross is down more than 10,000 donations from what is needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for emergencies large and small. Declines in donations can lead to blood shortages and make it difficult to meet patient needs should a disaster or emergency occur.

“September is National Preparedness Month and we urge eligible donors to make an appointment now to give blood or platelets,” said Todd Wagner, director of donor recruitment of the River Valley Blood Services Region. “Whether blood is needed for a chronic condition like sickle cell disease, a routine surgery, a traumatic accident or a large-scale disaster, it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives. Red Cross blood and platelet donors play an important role in helping communities be prepared for all kinds of emergencies.”

Donors of all blood types are needed as blood products continue to be distributed to hospitals almost as quickly as donations come in. To make an appointment to give blood, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800- RED CROSS (1-800- 733- 2767). \

Donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/rapidpass to help reduce wait times.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

  • Harrison County Farmers Market, 1390 Old Hwy 135 Corydon, IN 47112

9/28/2016: 3 p.m. – 8 p.m.

  • Harrison County Hospital, 1141 Hospital Drive Corydon, IN 47112

10/3/2016: 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

  • South Central High School, 6675 E. Hwy.11 S.E Elizabeth, IN 47117

9/22/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Lanesville High School, 2725 Crestview Drive Lanesville, IN 47136

9/29/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • Seymour Oktoberfest, 100 North Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274

9/30/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  • Seymour Oktoberfest, 100 North Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274

10/1/2016: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

  • First Baptist Church, 505 Community Drive Seymour, IN 47274

10/6/2016: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

  • Vallonia Christian Church, 2344 South Main Street Vallonia, IN 47281

10/15/2016: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

  • Brushy Fork Baptist Church, 12840 N. Brushy Fork Church Road Canaan, IN 47224

10/4/2016: 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Hanover College, 484 Ball Drive Hanover, IN 47243

9/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • North Madison Christian Church, 1400 E. S.R. 62 Madison, IN 47250

9/21/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

10/6/2016: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.

10/7/2016: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

  • First United Methodist Church, 240 Poplar North Vernon, IN 47265

9/27/2016: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Jennings County High School, 800 West Walnut St. North Vernon, IN 47265

10/7/2016: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

  • Jennings County Public Library, 2375 N. State Hwy 3 North Vernon, IN 47265

10/10/2016: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m.

  •  Southern Hills Mennonite Church, 4164 Hardinsburg-Livonia Road Campbellsburg, IN 47108

10/3/2016: 3:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

  • Springfield Baptist, 305 Lincoln Park Road Springfield, KY 40069

10/10/2016: noon – 5 p.m.