Though this summer may feel different than past summers, one thing remains constant: the need for blood donations to help save lives.

The American Red Cross is urging healthy individuals to give blood to restock the shelves for patients battling disease and facing the unexpected.

Donation appointments can be made for the coming days and weeks by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

As a thank you for helping ensure a stable blood supply, those who donate blood between Aug. 1 and Sept. 3 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email, courtesy of Amazon. If donating by Aug. 31, the donor will automatically be entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm, redeemable through the 2021 season.

The Red Cross is also looking for blood drive hosts this fall to help ensure a stable blood supply. Learn more and sign up to sponsor a drive by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/HostADrive.

To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities through Aug. 15 include:

Greentown

• 1 to 6 p.m. Aug. 10, First United Methodist Church, 127 S. Meridian St.

Kokomo

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 1, Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 705 E. Southway Blvd.

• Noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 4, Crossroads Community Church, 4254 S. 00 East-West Road.

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 15, Bethany Fellowship School, 600 E. 5169 North.

Peru

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 5, Miami County YMCA, 34 E. 6th St.

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 8, Moose Lodge Family Center 249, 110 N. Broadway.

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.

Those who are 17 years of age in most 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.

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