The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to roll up a sleeve and give to help prevent a summer blood shortage. Blood donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed.

The Red Cross is seeing fewer appointments at its blood donation centers and blood drives this summer than what is needed to ensure blood and platelets continue to be available for patients. During the summer months of June, July and August, on average, about two fewer donors make an appointment to give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what patients need. This can add up to more than 100,000 fewer donations during the summer.

Blood and platelet donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions. Accident and burn victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease may all need blood.

To learn more and make an appointment to donate blood, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

Allen County
Wednesday, July 16 from: noon until 6 p.m. at American Legion Spencerville, 200 S. Broadway in Spencerville.
Saturday, July 19 from 8 a.m. until noon at Shawnee Community United Methodist Church, 2600 Zurmehly Road in Lima.
Wednesday, July 23 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Ohio State University Lima/Rhodes State College, 4240 Campus Drive in Lima.

Auglaize County
Thursday, July 17 from noon until 6 p.m. at Harvest Baptist Church, 1301 Navajo Trail in Wapakoneta.
Friday, July 18 from noon p.m. until 4 p.m. at Otterbein Senior Lifestyle Community, 100 Red Oak Drive in Cridersville.
Thursday, July 24 from noon until 5 p.m. at Otterbein St. Marys Senior Lifestyle Community, 11230 SR 364 in St. Marys.
Thursday, July 31 from 1 until 6 p.m. at Auglaize County Fairgrounds, 1001 Fairview Drive in Wapakoneta.

Defiance County
Thursday, July 17 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Mercy Defiance Clininc, 1400 E. Second Street in Defiance.
Friday, July 18 from noon until 5 p.m. at Sherwood State Bank, 105 N Harrison Street in Sherwood.

Mercer County
Saturday, July 19 from 8 a.m. until noon at Shelter House, 100 W. Main Street in Burkettsville.
Friday, July 25 from noon until 5 p.m. at Mercer Health West Campus, 830 W. Main Street in Coldwater.
Monday, July 28 from noon until 6 p.m. at American Legion, 2490 State Route 49 in Fort Recovery.
Monday, July 28 from noon until 6 p.m. at Knights of St. John, 8608 State Route 119 in Maria Stein.
Wednesday, July 30 from 12:30 until 6:30 p.m. at American Legion, 341 W. Main Street in St. Henry.

Van Wert County
Thursday, July 24 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Lee Kinstle Sales and Service, 650 West Ervin Road in Van Wert.

Williams County
Thursday, July 24 from 2 until 6 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 114 West Washington in Montpelier.
Saturday, July 26 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. at American Legion Post 307, 102 First Street in Pioneer.
Tuesday, July 29 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at Ck Tech, 1701 Magda Dr. in Montpelier.

How to donate blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. 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.

OVERSET FOLLOWS:The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit or visit Twitter at @RedCross.