Red Cross needs summer blood donations

The American Red Cross urges eligible donors to give blood in the weeks surrounding Independence Day to help ensure a sufficient blood supply now and throughout the summer.

Many summer activities, such as vacations and travel, cause frequent blood donors to be less available to give during the summer. However, hospital patients still depend on volunteer donors to receive lifesaving transfusions – the need for blood does not get a vacation.

To encourage more people to donate around Independence Day, all those who come out to donate blood July 2-6, 2015, will receive a Red Cross embroidered hat, while supplies last.

Donors of all blood types – especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative – are needed. To make an appointment to give blood, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

Catoosa

July 2 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Carlisle Brake & Friction, 1110 W. Tenkiller Road

July 14 – Noon – 4 p.m., Port Authority, 5350 Cimarron Road

Claremore

July 15 – 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., TTCU the Credit Union Claremore, 1800 S. Highway 66

Broken Arrow

July 5 – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., First Baptist Church, 100 West Albany

July 8 – 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Exterran, 20602 East 81st Street

Tulsa

Tulsa Blood Donation Center, 10151 East 11th Street

Mondays through Thursdays: 10:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

July 1

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 10151 East 11th Street

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 2

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., American Red Cross, 10151 East 11th Street

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 4

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 5

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 7

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 8

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Virginia College, 5124 S Peoria Ave

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 9

 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., ONE Gas, 15 East 5th Street

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 10

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 11

11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Woodland Hills Mall, 7021 South Memorial

July 12

9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., John Knox Presbyterian Church, 2929 E 31st

July 14

10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Prosperity Bank – Harvard, 1330 South Harvard Avenue

July 15

9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Tulsa Community College SE Student Union, 10300 E 81st Street

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.

Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some 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.

For more information, visit redcross.org.