Blood drives planned locally

Donations sought during Sickle Cell Awareness Month

During Sickle Cell Awareness Month in September, the American Red Cross emphasizes the importance of a diverse blood supply to help meet the needs of those with sickle cell disease – the most common inherited blood disorder in the U.S.

Sickle cell disease impacts more than 100,000 people across the country, most of whom are of African descent. Regular blood transfusions are critical to managing extreme pain and life-threatening complications faced by many. Unfortunately, they may develop an immune response against blood from donors that is not closely matched to their own. However, because most individuals who are Black have unique structures on their red blood cells that are not often found in other donor populations, 1 in 3 African American blood donors is a match for people with sickle cell disease.

Seasonal changes can trigger pain crises for those battling sickle cell – possibly increasing the need for lifesaving blood transfusions. As summer ends, book a time to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). As a thank-you, all who come to give through Sept. 18 will get an exclusive Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

Local blood drives include:

Swanton: Sept. 12, 12-6 p.m., Swanton American Legion, 200 S. Hallett Avenue.

Maumee: Sept. 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shops at Fallen Timbers, 3100 Main St.

Wauseon: Sept. 24, 11:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., First Christian Church, 129 E. Elm St.

Wauseon: Sept. 29, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Fulton County Health Center, 725 S. Shoop Ave.

Donations sought during Sickle Cell Awareness Month