Red Cross: Be a ‘powerful force for good’ this summer

Press Staff Writer

        As summer gets into full swing, the American Red Cross is asking donors to be a powerful force for good by giving blood or platelets.
        Donors are critically needed right now after a sharp decrease in donations since late spring. All blood types are needed, especially donors giving type O blood and those giving platelets.
        Full summer calendars and holiday plans may prevent regular donors from being able to give. Additionally, significant summer weather threats such as hurricanes, flooding and tornadoes can result in travel hazards and blood drive cancellations that could impact the blood supply.
        The Red Cross has teamed up with Universal Pictures for the theatrical release of “Twisters” to help avoid a summer blood shortage. All who come to give blood or platelets through July 31 will get a Fandango Movie Ticket by email. Those who come to give through July 14 will also receive a “Twisters” and Red Cross umbrella, while supplies last. In addition, those who donate in July will also automatically be entered for a chance to win a 2025 Ram 1500 Big Horn. See for full details.
        Swarms of tornadoes and extreme flooding in recent months have tragically taken lives and destroyed entire communities. Most recently, millions of people have endured one of the longest lasting and strongest heat waves in years, including large portions of the Midwest. In states like Arkansas, Ohio and Nebraska, many communities are still picking up the pieces and recovering from the second most active tornado season on record, according to the National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center.
        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. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history question


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