POUGHKEEPSIE — While donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to give this summer, the need for blood and platelets remains crucial for patients relying on lifesaving transfusions. The American Red Cross continues to experience a severe blood shortage and donors of all blood types — especially type O and those giving platelets — are urged to make an appointment to give now.

Right now, the Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current demand as hospitals respond to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.

To thank donors who help refuel the blood and platelet supply this month, all who come to give through July 31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email and will also receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value). More information and details are available at rcblood.org/fuel. Also, all those who come to donate throughout the entire month of July will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm. To learn more, visit rcblood.org/CedarFair.

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves for the rest of the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 16-31

Columbia County

Canaan Fire Company, 2126 Route 295, Canaan, 1-6 p.m. July 30.

Claverack Library, 9 Route 9H, Claverack, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. July 24.

Dutchess County

Moose Lodge 904, 1273 Rte 9G, Hyde Park, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 30.

Millbrook Fire House, 20 Front St., Millbrook, 1-6 p.m. July 22.

Poughkeepsie Galleria, 2001 South Road, Poughkeepsie, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. July 17.

Boardman Road Branch Library, 141 Boardman Road, Poughkeepsie, 2-7 p.m. July 29.

The Pavilion, 46 Brookmeade Drive, Rhinebeck, 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. July 23.

Grace Bible Church, 158 Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 22.

Greene County

American Legion Post 291, 54 Maple Ave., Greenville, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 2-6 p.m. July 30.

Windham Wastewater Treatment Plant, 491 South St./Co Rd12, Windham, 2-6 p.m. July 23.

Ulster County

Veterans of Foreign Wars, 708 East Chester St., Kingston, 1-6 p.m. July 26.

Best Western Plus Kingston Hotel, 503 Washington Ave., Kingston, noon-5 p.m. July 28.

Trinity Episcopal Church Barclay Heights, 32 Church St. Rt. 9W, Saugerties, noon-6 p.m. July 30.

Woodstock Rescue Squad, 226 Tinker St., Woodstock, noon-6 p.m. July 28.

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