The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood during National Preparedness Month to help ensure a readily available supply for emergencies. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

A readily available blood supply is needed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help trauma patients and others with serious medical needs. In fact, every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs a blood transfusion. Blood can take up to three days to be tested, processed and made available for patients, so it’s the blood already on the shelves that helps save lives in an emergency.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcrossblood.org/RapidPass. Locally, call Jeanie Cozad at 402-376-4715.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Cherry County:

9/6/2017: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Valentine High School, 431 N. Green

9/7/2017: 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., St. Nicholas Catholic Church Parish Hall, 400 West 5th Street