The American Red Cross needs your gift of life. Red Cross officials say 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.

RED CROSS OFFICIALS SAY THE SHORTAGE IS SEVERE

Officials at the Red Cross say they continue 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.

1,000 NEW DONATIONS ARE NEEDED EVERY DAY

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 in Yakima and throughout the region which also includes parts of Oregon as well.

Lots of opportunities to give the gift of life.
Yakima
Grandview
8/11/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Grandview Community Center, 812 Wallace Way

Selah
8/12/2021: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Civic Center Selah, 216 South 1st Street
Yakima

7/30/2021: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

7/30/2021: 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Cascadia Senior Living & Fieldstone Communities, 4120 Englewood Avenue

8/4/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

8/6/2021: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

8/9/2021: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church, 5606 W Lincoln Avenue

8/11/2021: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

8/13/2021: 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., Yakima Blood Donation Center, 302 S 2nd Street

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.

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