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Red Cross makes another plea for blood donors amid 'severe shortage'

Those who donate July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon gift card by e-mail with a chance to win gas for a year.

CLEVELAND — The American Red Cross is making another push to find more blood donors amid a “severe blood shortage” that is impacting the entire country.

“Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give now and help ensure hospital shelves are stocked with blood products over the Fourth of July holiday and beyond,” the Red Cross said in a press release Monday.

It's the second time this month the Red Cross has pushed for more blood donors because of the shortage. The Red Cross also said their teams are working around the clock to provide blood products to hospitals with an “unusually high” number of traumas, emergency room visits, overdoses and transplants.

RELATED: ‘Severe’ blood shortage: Red Cross asking for donors

“As a result of the blood shortage, some hospitals are being forced to slow the pace of elective surgeries until the blood supply stabilizes, delaying crucial patient care. In addition, while summer is traditionally a time when blood donations decline, this year is particularly challenging as many Americans receive their vaccinations and resume summer activities after more than a year of limited interactions and travel, leading to lower donor turnout.”

Donors can schedule an appointment in the following ways:

  • The Red Cross Blood Donor app
  • RedCrossBlood.org
  • Calling 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767)
  • Enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device

Scroll down to see a list of blood donation opportunities throughout Northeast Ohio.

RELATED: Pandemic-delayed surgeries share blame for blood shortage

All donors who give blood July 1-6 will be given a Red Cross embroidered hat. Those who come July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon gift card by e-mail with a chance to win gas for a year.

Those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate in most cases. Knowing the name of the vaccine you received is important when determining your donation eligibility, officials said.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities June 28 - July 15

American Red Cross Blood Donation Centers

Warzel Blood Donation Center

3747 Euclid Ave., Cleveland

Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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Parma Blood Donation Center

5585 Pearl Rd., Parma

Monday – Thursday: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

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Summit Blood Donation Center

501 W. Market St., Akron

Sundays, Mondays, Fridays, Saturdays: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Tuesdays: 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

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ASHTABULA COUNTY

Andover

7/13/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Andover Christian Church, 200 Stillman Ave

Ashtabula

7/9/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 4317 Park Ave.

7/15/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Ashtabula County Medical Center, 2131 Lake Ave., ACMC Commons

Austinburg

7/6/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bud Field Student Center, 3042 College Street

Geneva

7/9/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 89 South Broadway

Jefferson

7/12/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Jefferson United Methodist Church, 125 E Jefferson St

Kingsville

7/12/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Gageville United Methodist Church, 4063 St Rt  193 S

Orwell

7/14/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St. Mary's Church Hall, 103 North Maple St.

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CUYAHOGA COUNTY

Bay Village

7/11/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Bay Village Police Dept, 28000 Wolf Rd.

Brecksville

7/8/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ the Redeemer Lutheran, 9201 Brecksville Rd

Broadview Heights

6/29/2021: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Cuyahoga Valley Church, 5055 E. Wallings Rd.

Cleveland

6/28/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Wiley Middle School, 2181 Miramar Blvd.

7/6/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grace Church Middleburg Heights, 7393 Pearl Road

7/7/2021: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Crile Building, 9500 Euclid Avenue

7/8/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Lerner, 9500 Euclid Avenue

7/9/2021: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., University Hospitals Rainbow Area, 11100 Euclid Ave.

7/12/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., MetroHealth Medical Center, 2500 Metrohealth Drive

7/14/2021: 6 a.m. - 1 p.m., Dave McCall Union Hall, 3421 Independence Road

Cleveland Heights

7/6/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road

7/13/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Church of the Saviour, 2537 Lee Road

Independence

6/28/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Independence Community Center, 6363 Selig Drive

7/7/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Crown Centre II, 5001 Rockside Road

7/12/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Independence Community Center, 6363 Selig Drive

Lakewood

6/28/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lakewood Womens Club Pavilion, 14532 Lake Ave.

7/3/2021: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Luke Catholic Church, 1212 Bunts Rd

7/14/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Lakewood Womens Club Pavilion, 14532 Lake Ave.

Mayfield Heights

7/9/2021: 10:30 a.m. - 3 p.m., Hillcrest Hospital, 6780 Mayfield Road

Mayfield Village

6/29/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Mayfield Branch Library, 500 SOM Center

7/1/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Mayfield Village Civic Center, 6622 Wilson Mills Rd.

7/7/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., The Mayfield Branch Library, 500 SOM Center

7/9/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 700 Beta Drive

7/15/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Mayfield Village Civic Center, 6622 Wilson Mills Rd.

Middleburg Heights

7/2/2021: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m., Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport, 7230 Engle RD

North Olmsted

7/7/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., North Olmsted Community Cabin, 28114 Lorain Rd.

North Royalton

7/13/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cuyahoga County Library North Royalton Branch, 5071 Wallings Rd

Olmsted Township

6/30/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Olmsted Township, 7900 Fitch Road

Parma

7/7/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Cuyahoga County Library Parma-Snow Branch, 2121 Snow Road

Pepper Pike

7/1/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., B'nai Jeshurun Congregation, 27501 Fairmount Boulevard

Rocky River

7/1/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Rd.

7/2/2021: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Rd.

7/2/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5 p.m., Rocky River Civic Center, 21016 Hilliard Rd.

Solon

6/30/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 7196 SOM Center Road

7/10/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Solon Community Center, 35000 Portz Parkway

Strongsville

7/6/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Ehrnfelt Recreation Center, 18100 Royalton Rd

7/13/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Southpark Mall, 500 Southpark Center

University Heights

7/11/2021: 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Church of the Gesu, 2470 Miramar Blvd

Valley View

7/7/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Valley View Community Center, 6828 Hathaway Road

Warrensville Heights

7/1/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Cleveland Marriott East, 26300 Harvard Rd.

7/14/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., South Pointe Hospital, 20000 Harvard Road

Westlake

6/29/2021: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., St. Ladislas Parish, 2345 Bassett Rd.

7/1/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Westlake Porter Public Library, 27333 Center Ridge Rd.

7/13/2021: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m., Westlake Recreation Center, 28955 Hilliard Rd.

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ERIE COUNTY

Huron

7/15/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., St Peter Catholic Church, 430 Main St.

Sandusky

7/12/2021: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Church Of The Nazarene, 1617 Milan Rd

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GEAUGA COUNTY

Chagrin Falls

6/30/2021: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Fellowship Bible Church, 16391 Chillicothe Rd.

7/2/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adam Hall, 11455 E. Washington St.

7/8/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bainbridge Town Hall, 17826 Chillicothe Rd

Chardon

7/14/2021: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Church of Saint Mary, 602 South St.

7/15/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Munson Town Hall, 12210 Auburn Rd.

Chesterland

7/12/2021: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Geauga West Library, 13455 Chillicothe Rd.

Middlefield

7/13/2021: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 14999 South State Street

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LAKE COUNTY

Kirtland

7/7/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Old South UCC, 9802 Chillicothe Rd.

Mentor

7/1/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mentor Library, 8215 Mentor Ave.

Mentor

7/8/2021: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Great Lakes Mall, 7850 Mentor Ave.

7/11/2021: 7:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., St Gabriel Church, 9925 Johnnycake Ridge Rd.

7/12/2021: 12 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Mentor Civic Arena, 8600 Munson Rd.

7/14/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Lake Catholic High School, 6733 Reynolds Rd.

Painesville

6/30/2021: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Holiday Inn Express, 11200 Gold Court

7/12/2021: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., First Church Congregational, 22 Liberty St.

Wickliffe

6/28/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Wickliffe Public Library, 1713 Lincoln Rd.

Willoughby

7/7/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Willoughby City Hall, 1 Public Square

Willoughby Hills

7/15/2021: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Willoughby Hills Community Center, 35400 Chardon Rd.

LORAIN COUNTY

Avon

6/30/2021: 12 p.m. - 7 p.m., Avon Isle Park, 37080 Detroit Road

7/2/2021: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Richard E. Jacobs Health Campus, 33100 Cleveland Clinic Blvd.