The American Red Cross is experiencing a critical blood shortage and eligible donors are encouraged to donate during an upcoming local blood drive.
“As summer winds down, the American Red Cross needs donors of all blood types to help overcome an ongoing emergency blood shortage,” Regina Boothe Bratton, external communications manager for the Red Cross, said.
St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church on West Jefferson Street in Butler will host a blood drive on Tuesday, Aug. 20 from noon to 5:30 p.m.
The Red Cross is gifting anyone who donates blood through Aug. 29- whether it’s at the upcoming drive in Butler County or a different drive- a $5 Amazon gift card.
Officials say the summer months can be among the most challenging times of the year for blood and platelet donations as regular donors delay giving while they take vacations and participate in summer activities.