The Red Cross has scheduled blood drives for Fulton County, but reminds residents they may also donate live-giving blood platelets.
Upcoming blood drives include: Tuesday, March 19, 3-8 p.m., Crissey Elementary School, 9220 Geiser; Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monclova Road Baptist Church, 7819 Monclova Road; Friday, March 29, 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Maumee United Methodist Church, 405 Sackett St.; Tuesday, April 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Fulton County Health Center, 725 S. Shoop Ave., Wauseon; Monday, April 8, noon-6 p.m., Delta American Legion, 5939 State Highway 109; Thursday, April 11, 3-8 p.m., Wauseon Primary School, 940 E. Leggett St.
Platelet donation is available at the Toledo Blood Donation Center, 3510 Executive Pkway, Toledo, open seven days a week.
During a platelet donation, blood is collected by a device that separates platelets, along with some plasma, from whole blood, and the remaining blood components are returned to the donor. The entire process takes about two to three hours, and donors can relax to videos, television, and wireless Internet. Platelets may be donated every seven days, up to 24 times a year.
To make an appointment to donate blood or platelets, download the Red Cross app, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 800-733-2767.