American Red Cross seeks type O blood donors

The American Red Cross is in critical need of type O blood and are asking the public to donate to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations.

As a thank you, all donors who give blood or platelets now through June 10 will receive a $5 gift card via email.

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Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms.

“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood - the blood group most needed by hospitals,” said Rodney Wilson, communications manager for Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Services. “Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”

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Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are urged to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at or be calling 1-800-733-2767.

Here is a list of the upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Champaign County - Urbana:

  • June 3 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 116 W. Court St.
  • June 6 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Urbana United Methodist Church, 238 N. Main St.
  • June 8 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Champaign Family YMCA, 191 Community Drive

Clark County - Springfield:

  • May 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Cliff Park High School, 821 N. Limestone St.
  • May 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Ohio Masonic Home, 2655 W. National Road
  • May 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dole Fresh Vegetables Co., 600 Benjamin Drive

Logan County - East Liberty: 

  • May 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Transportation Research Center, 10820 Ohio 347

Miami County - Troy:

  • June 4 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, 1106 W. Main St.
  • June 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hometown Urgent Care, 1430 W. Main St.

Montgomery County - Dayton and Vandalia:

  • May 19 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Gem City Catfe, 1513 E. Fifth St.
  • June 6 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Hollywood Gaming, 777 Hollywood Blvd.
  • May 29 from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, 122 W. National Road

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