CIRCLEVILLE — With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

While thousands of donors have rolled up a sleeve this summer, blood and platelet donations aren’t keeping pace with patient needs. More donations are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply and be prepared for patient emergencies.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free 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. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

In addition, those who come to give blood in the Red Cross Central Ohio Blood Region will receive a coupon for buy-one-get-one free entry to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, through August 31, 2019.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 13-31:

Pickaway County

Circleville

Aug. 21 — 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 135 E. Mound St.

Aug. 31 — 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Amvets, 818 Tarlton Road

South Bloomfield

Aug. 30 — Noon — 6 p.m., Pickaway Red vs. Pickaway Blue, 5075 South Union Street

Ross County

Chillicothe

Aug. 23 — 11 a.m.- 5 p.m., Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N. Bridge St.

Aug. 26 — 8/26/2019: 12:30 p.m. — 5:30 p.m., Tabernacle Baptist Church, 221 E. Main St.

Hocking County

Logan

Aug. 21 — 11 a.m. — 5 p.m., Hocking County Board of DD, 1369 E. Front St.

Aug. 27 — 11 a.m. — 5 p.m., St. Matthew Lutheran Church, 258 E. Hunter St.

Perry County

Crooksville

Aug. 23 — 7:30 a.m. — 1:30 p.m., Crooksville High School, 4075 Ceramic Drive

New Lexington

Aug. 23 — 11 a.m. — 5 p.m., Senior Citizen Center, 520 1st Street

Somerset

Aug. 15 — 1 — 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

Aug. 17 — 10 a.m. — 4 p.m., Genesis Perry County Medical Center, 301 Dr. Mike Clouse Drive

Thornville

Aug. 28 — 8 a.m. — 1 p.m., Sheridan High School, 8725 Sheridan Road

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