The American Red Cross is facing a severe blood shortage due to the unprecidented amount of blood drive cancelations amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
That is why the Red Cross is calling on healthy individuals to donate now, in an effort to help patients who count on those lifesaving blood donations.
There are still a number of blood drives happening around the Greater Akron area this week:
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.
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.
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.
Wednesdays and Thursdays: 12 p.m. – 8 p.m.
How to donate blood
Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App
, visit RedCrossBlood.org
, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa device to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass®
to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, from a computer or mobile device. To get started and learn more, visit RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass
and follow the instructions on the site.
Those are cannot attend one of these events are encouraged to schedule and appointment at a local donation site, including the location at 501 West Market Street in Akron. You can schedule that appointment at RedCrossBlood.org or on the Red Cross Blood Donor App for your smartphone.