Blood Donors Urgently Needed This July

This July, the American Red Cross emphasizes the urgent need for blood donors to support lifesaving transfusions during the summer months. Donors of all blood types are in demand, especially those with type O blood and those giving platelets.

Every donation is crucial in maintaining the stock of blood products necessary for patients, including those in life-threatening situations. More than a quarter of all blood products each year are used in critical care and emergency room cases, highlighting the vital role of generous blood and platelet donors.

Be a force for good. Book a time to give blood by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or using the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

The Red Cross has partnered with Universal Pictures for the theatrical release of “Twisters” to help prevent a summer blood shortage. All who come to give blood or platelets from July 1-31 will receive a Fandango Movie Ticket* by email. Additionally, those who donate by July 14 will also receive a unique “Twisters” and Red Cross umbrella, while supplies last. As a bonus, those who donate blood in July will automatically be entered for a chance to win a 2025 Ram 1500 Big Horn. Visit for full details.

Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities (July 8-31):


  • July 15: 10 am – 2 pm, Fortis College, 246 Stoneridge Drive
  • July 15: 10 am – 3 pm, Mt Olive Lutheran Church, 1541 Lake Murray Boulevard


  • July 11: 8 am – 1 pm, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Boulevard
  • July 12: 1 – 6 pm, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Boulevard

How to Donate Blood:

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767), or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo 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, 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, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

Your donation can make a difference—help save lives by donating blood this July.