Red Cross seeks donors in midst of severe blood shortage

The American Red Cross is looking for your help as the agency is reporting a severe blood shortage.

Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are being urged to make an appointment to give now to help ensure hospitals have the blood supplies they need over the Fourth of July holiday and beyond.

Those who donate July 1st through the 6th will receive a Red Cross embroidered hat. And, donors between July 7-31 will receive a $10 Amazon gift card.

The Red cross will be taking donations from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, July 1st, at Ivy Tech Community College on Central Avenue in Columbus and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, July 2nd at Developmental Services Inc. on 10th Street.

You can schedule an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS