American Red Cross strives to meet blood shortage by giving incentives for blood donations

INDIANA – The American Red Cross is experiencing an emergency blood shortage and must collect 10,000 additional blood products each week over the next month for the blood supply to recover and meet hospital and patient needs. Donors of all blood types – especially type O – donors are urged to make an appointment to give now and in the weeks ahead to overcome this current shortage.

Blood donor turnout has reached the lowest levels of the year as many delayed giving amid a return to the workplace and in-person learning, as well as a recent surge in COVID-19 cases across the country due to the delta variant. As cases spiked in August, blood donor participation decreased about 10%, but blood product distributions to hospitals have remained strong, significantly outpacing blood donations in recent weeks.

As a thank-you, all those who come to donate through Sept. 30 and help tackle the emergency blood shortage will receive a limited-edition football-inspired T-shirt while supplies last, plus a coupon for a free haircut via email from Sport Clips Haircuts.* All those who come to donate in October will receive a link by email to claim a free Zaxby’s ® Signature Sandwich reward or get a $5 e-gift card to a merchant of their choice.**

Bartholomew
Columbus

  • 10/9/2021: 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Saint Bartholomew Church, 1306 27th Street

Hope

  • 10/4/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Hope Moravian Church, 202 Main Street

Martin
Loogootee

  • 10/7/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Loogootee United Methodist Church, 208 W. Main Street

Shoals

  • 10/6/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shoals Christian Church, 602 N. Main Street

Monroe County
Bloomington

  • 9/28/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th Street, Alumni Hall
  • 9/28/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Indiana University Read Residence Center, 125 S. Jordan
  • 9/29/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bloomington Community RSMO, 401 North Morton Street
  • 9/29/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., School of Education, 201 N. Rose Avenue
  • 10/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., St Paul Catholic Center, 1413 E 17th St
  • 10/12/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Indiana University – Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. 7th Street
  • 10/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bloomington Community RSMO, 401 North Morton Street
  • 10/14/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Soul’s Harbor Apostolic Church, 7510 S Old State Rd 37
  • 10/14/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 221 E. 6th Street

Owen County
Spencer

  • 10/15/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Owen County Fairgrounds, 364 S East St

Vigo County
Terre Haute

  • 10/1/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Memorial United Methodist Church, 2701 Poplar St

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