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Red Cross needs your help to avert a blood shortage

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PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — After a summer of declining donations, the American Red Cross says it needs the public’s help to prevent a blood shortage.

When a donor makes and keeps an appointment to give blood or platelets in the weeks ahead, they can help ensure trauma patients, those undergoing cancer treatment, and people with lifelong blood disorders can get the blood they count on. 

Right now, the Red Cross especially needs type O negative, type O positive and type B negative blood donors, as well as platelet donors. Donors of all blood types can schedule an appointment to give by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

The Red Cross is teaming up with Warner Bros. for the theatrical release of Meg 2: The Trench to celebrate a summer of sharks and help stave off a summer blood and platelet shortage. All who come to give through Aug. 12 will be automatically entered for a chance to win a three-night New York getaway for two with a private shark dive adventure at Long Island Aquarium. Those who come to give throughout the month of August will also get a $10 e-gift card to a movie merchant of their choice. Details are available at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 1-15:

August 1, 2023

LDS - Lake Oswego Stake, 14903 Westlake Drive, Lake Oswego, OR, 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Savier Street Flats2270 NW Savier Street, Portland, OR, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

August 2, 2023

Russellville Park Gives Back, 20 SE 103rd Ave., Portland, OR, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102, Medford, OR, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond Street Suite 110, Bend, OR, 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

August 4, 2023

Oregon City Public Library, 606 John Adams St., Oregon City, OR, 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Embassy Suites Portland-Downtown, 319 SW Pine St., Portland, OR, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Blood Donation Center, 5109 NE 82nd Ave., Vancouver, WA, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

August 5, 2023

Pursue Fitness, 555 West Centennial Blvd, Springfield, OR, 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

August 7, 2023

Riverside Seventh Day Adventist Church, 463 N. Shepherd Rd, Washougal, WA, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

American Pacific Mortgage, 1200 Executive Parkway, Suite 100, Eugene, OR, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

City of Bend Police Dept., 555 NE 15th St, Bend, OR, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Ascension Lutheran Church, 675 Black Oak Drive, Medford, OR, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

August 8, 2023

Fowler Student Center, 0615 SW Palatine Hill Road, Portland, OR, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Portland Blood Donation Center, 3131 N Vancouver Avenue, Portland, OR, 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

August 9, 2023

Islamic Community Center of Hillsboro, 7270 NW Helvetia Rd, Portland, OR, 2:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

August 10, 2023

Village Church, 330 SW Murray Blvd., Beaverton, OR, 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

To find a donation site near you, visit and put in your zip code.

How to donate blood 

To make an appointment, simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Amplify your impact − volunteer!   

A stable blood and platelet supply is critical to national preparedness. Additionally, as we approach the beginning of what is expected to be another active hurricane season, the Red Cross urges everyone to get ready now and consider becoming a volunteer to help people affected by the growing number of climate-driven disasters. 

Support impacted communities by assisting at Red Cross shelters, using your professional skills as a licensed health care provider or becoming a member of the Red Cross Disaster Action Team. To learn more, visit

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides comfort to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation's blood and is the primary blood supplier to 65 hospitals throughout Washington and Oregon; teaches skills that save lives; distributes international humanitarian aid; and supports veterans, military members and their families. The Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to deliver its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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