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      American Red Cross in need of blood donors

      The American Red Cross encourages all eligible blood donors to make an appointment to donate blood soon to help prevent a shortage. Dan Fox, from the American Red Cross, stopped by the set of Good Morning Heartland to tell us more on how you can donate. WATCH VIDEO ABOVE to learn more.

      During the summer months, on average, about two fewer donors give blood at each Red Cross blood drive than what is needed to meet the needs of patients. Vacations and summer activities are among the reasons regular donors may not find the time to give. But, patients donâ??t get a vacation from needing blood â?? the need is constant.

      As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood or platelets through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.

      Red blood cells have a shelf life of only 42 days and platelets just five days, so they must constantly be replenished.

      CLICK HERE to learn more or to make an appointment to donate blood. You can also call 1-800-RED CROSS.

      Upcoming blood donation opportunities:

      Adair County

      July 18 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Catholic Newman Center, 709 S. Davis in Kirksville, Mo.

      July 23 from 12 - 6 p.m. at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 100 Pfieffer in Kirksville, Mo.

      July 26 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Adair County Annex Building, 300 N. Franklin in Kirksville, Mo.

      Macon County

      July 17 from 12 - 4 p.m. at Missouri Department of Transportation, 26826 N. Highway 63 in Macon, Mo.

      Putnam County

      July 21 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Putnam County R1 High School, 803 S. 20th in Unionville, Mo.

      Sullivan County

      July 16 from 2 - 6 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 102 N. Lincoln St. in Green City, Mo.


      Adair County

      Aug. 8 from 1 - 5 p.m. at Walgreens - Kirksville, 311 N. Baltimore in Kirksville, Mo.

      Aug. 14 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Wal-mart Supercenter, 2206 N. Baltimore in Kirksville, Mo.

      Lewis County

      Aug. 7 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Immanuel Methodist Church, 601 Washington in Canton, Mo.

      Aug. 12 from 3 - 7 p.m. at Queen of Peace Annex Building, 307 N. Main in Ewing, Mo.

      Livingston County

      Aug. 5 from 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. at Chillicothe Comfort Inn, 250 Business Highway 36 in Chillicothe, Mo.

      Macon County

      Aug. 11 from 1:15 - 6 p.m. at Christian Church, 120 W. Moore St. in La Plata, Mo.

      Aug. 12 from 2 - 6 p.m. at Loch Haven, 701 Sunset Hills Drive in Macon, Mo.

      Shelby County

      Aug. 5 from 2:30 - 7:30 p.m. at Heartland Christian Academy, 101 Nations Blvd. in Bethel, Mo.

      Aug. 14 from 1 - 6 p.m. at Father Buhman Center, S. 4th St. in Shelbina, Mo.

      How to donate blood

      Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driverâ??s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), 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.