American Red Cross in need of blood donations during summer months

American Red Cross in need of blood donations during summer months

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - School is out for many students in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan.

This summer you may have vacation plans with the family that take you out of your routine. The change in schedules leads to trouble at the blood bank area blood banks.

"It's good to know we're saving lives and making a difference," said Ann Garey who has given blood regularly since she first donated at a drive at her high school. She is now a med-tech and sees the need first-hand every day.

"There are so many people out there with a need. There are people who come into the hospital and they're in a car crash or they've just delivered and they're now bleeding. They need blood," Garey said.

One blood donation can save up to three lives. The America Red Cross says it needs you to step up to the plate.

"With schools being out, we lose a lot of our first-time donors. So we're pleading with first-time donors to come out," said Collection Team Supervisor for the American Red Cross, Lynnette Hartman.

About 41 percent fewer donors in Ohio came out to give last summer than during the rest of the year. Unfortunately, blood has a shelf life and the need for donations doesn't stop during the summer.

It takes about an hour total to donate. You have to read some information and answer questions about your health before you roll up your sleeve. Garey says there's nothing to be scared of when you donate.

"They make it really, really simple," Garey said. "They'll let you know right away when they put the needle in. I don't look. Right away, they tell you 'Gentle squeezes,' and I did it in 13 minutes."

The best part is after your donation, you get to snack on some cookies.

Here is a list of all the blood drives going on through the summer:

Northwest Ohio

  • Maumee
  1. 6/12/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Calvary Assembly of God, 1360 Conant St.
  2. 6/12/2017: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Maumee - Bowling Green Elks Lodge, 137 W. Wayne
  • Monclova
  1. 6/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Monclova Primary School, 8035 Monclova Road
  • Oregon
  1. 5/30/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Maumee Bay Resort, 1750 Park Road
  2. 6/12/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., St. Charles Hospital, 2600 Navarre Avenue
  • Sylvania
  1. 6/4/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Sylvania Veterinary Hospital, 4801 Holland Sylvania
  2. 6/7/2017: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., ProMedica Flower Hospital, 5200 Harroun Rd
  • Toledo
  1. 5/30/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  2. 5/31/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  3. 6/1/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  4. 6/2/2017: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  5. 6/2/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Country Club Apartments, 1130 Pine Valley Lane
  6. 6/3/2017: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  7. 6/5/2017: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  8. 6/6/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  9. 6/7/2017: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Herzing University, 5212 Hill Ave
  10. 6/7/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  11. 6/8/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  12. 6/9/2017: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  13. 6/10/2017: 7 a.m. - 2 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  14. 6/12/2017: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  15. 6/13/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  16. 6/13/2017: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., St. Clement's Catholic Church, 3030 Tremainsville Road
  17. 6/14/2017: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., UAW Local 12, 2300 Ashland Avenue
  18. 6/14/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  19. 6/15/2017: 10:30 a.m. - 6:30 p.m., Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Parkway
  • Waterville
  1. 6/5/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Waterville Community Church, 8217 Dutch Rd.
  • Whitehouse
  1. 6/1/2017: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Community of Christ Lutheran Church, 6517 Finzel

Southeast Michigan

  • Ida
  1. 6/13/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, 1920 Lewis Avenue
  • Monroe
  1. 5/31/2017: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Monroe VFW Post #1138, 400 Jones Avenue
  2. 6/8/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Holy Ghost Lutheran, 3589 Heiss
  3. 6/15/2017: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Monroe Church of the Nazarene, 3401 S. Custer (M-50)
  • Petersburg
  1. 6/15/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Summerfield - Petersburg Library, 60 East Center Street
  • Temperance
  1. 6/8/2017: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Bedford Alliance Church, 8645 Jackman Rd.

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