The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage. Plan your visit to one of more than 20 locations across southern Missouri during the first half of August!
During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients don’t get a vacation from needing blood – the need is constant.
As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.
Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.
To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in southern Missouri:
Bates County: August 5 from 12 – 6 p.m. at Rich Hill Christian Church, 300 E. Walnut (A Highway) in Rich Hill
Butler County: Aug. 4 from 2 – 6 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 5th and N. Main in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Aug. 14 from 2 – 7 p.m. at Black River Medical Center, 217 Physicians Park Drive in Poplar Bluff, Mo.
Christian County: August 4 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Southside Church of Christ, 801 W. South St. in Ozark
Cape Girardeau County: Aug. 5 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Connection Point, 1506 S. Farmington Road in Jackson, Mo.
Aug. Aug. 2014 from 12 – 4 p.m. at Realty Executives, 2511 Independence St. in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Aug. 11 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Lowes, 3440 Lowes Road in Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Aug. 13 from 2 – 6 p.m. at CrossRoads Fellowship Contemporary Church, 4400 E. Jackson Blvd. in Jackson, Mo.
Aug. 14 from 2 – 6 p.m. at Cape County Cowboy Church, 220 Orchid Lane in Oak Ridge, Mo.
Carter County: Aug. 13 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Ellsinore General Baptist Church, 16 N. Herren in Ellsinore, Mo.
Dade County: August 11 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. at American Legion, 710 Locust in Lockwood
Dunklin County: Aug. 12 from 3 – 8 p.m. at First General Baptist Church, 601 Barrett Drive in Malden, Mo.
Greene County: August 14 from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 3M Company, 3211 E. Chestnut Expressway in Springfield
August 14 from 12 – 5 p.m. at 3M Company, 3211 E. Chestnut Expressway in Springfield
Howell County: August 6 from 1 – 5 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 503 W. Main St. in West Plains
August 8 from 1 – 6 p.m. at Walmart, 1310 Preacher Roe Blvd. in West Plains
August 9 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Walmart, 1310 Preacher Roe Blvd. in West Plains
Jasper County: August 14 from 1 – 6 p.m. at Church of the Nazarene, 2000 Grand in Carthage
August 6 from 1:30 – 5:30 p.m. at Red Cross S.W. MO Chapter, 410 S. Jackson in Joplin
Lawrence County: August 3 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at A Co 935th ASB, Mo Army National Guard, 1076 E. Highland St. in Aurora
Newton County: August 2 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Abundant Life Church, 700 Spencer Drive in Neosho
Ozark County: August 13 from 12 – 5 p.m. at First Baptist Church, The First Baptist Church 119 2nd St. in Gainesville
Pemiscot County: Aug. 4 from 3 – 7 p.m. at Steele Community Center, 101 S. Walnut St. in Steele, Mo.
Aug. 11 from 2 – 7 p.m. at Hayti Community Center, 600 E.Washington in Hayti, Mo.
Perry County: Aug. 4 from 2 – 7 p.m. at United in Christ Lutheran School, 10158 Highway C in Frohna, Mo.
Reynolds County: Aug. 14 from 2 – 6 p.m. at First Assembly of God Centerville, 2224 Harrison in Centerville, Mo.
Scott County: Aug. 5 from 12 – 3 p.m. at U.S. Bank, 625 N. Main St. in Sikeston, Mo.
Aug. 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. at St. Ambrose Catholic Church, 418 S. 3rd St. in Chaffee, Mo.
Stoddard County: Aug. 6 from 3 – 7 p.m. at American Legion Post 59, 620 W. Oak St. in Dexter, Mo.
Aug. 8 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Mingo Job Corps Center, 4253 State Highway T in Puxico, Mo.
Taney County: August 11 from 2 – 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 420 W. Main in Branson
Wright County: August 1 from 12 – 5:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 314 N. Maple Ave. in Mountain Grove
How to donate blood
Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org 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 (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.