Red Cross: Critical Blood Shortage, Demand Outpacing Supply 

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The American Red Cross issued another urgent plea Monday morning, saying the need for blood at area hospitals is again surpassing supply.

According to the statement, "Right now, the Red Cross has less than a five-day blood supply on hand."

Red Cross officials said that every two seconds in the U.S. someone—be they accident victims, burn victims, heart surgery patients or organ transplant patients—needs blood platelets. To help inspire more donations, the Red Cross said it was thanking blood or platelet donors with $5 Amazon gift cards between Monday, July 25 and Wednesday, Aug. 31.

In the Boise area, here are some of the many upcoming blood donation opportunities:
  • 7/25/2016: 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., BMC West, 11670 W. Franklin Road
  • 7/25/2016: noon-5:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 7/26/2016: noon-5:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 7/26/2016: 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 7200 Duncan St.
  • 7/27/2016: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 7/28/2016: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 7/29/2016: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 7/30/2016: 9 a.m.-3 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 6711 Northview
  • 8/1/2016: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 5900 Castle Drive
  • 8/1/2016: noon-5:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/1/2016: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Boise Public Library, 715 S Capitol Blvd.
  • 8/1/2016: 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Hastings, 10539 W. Overland Road
  • 8/2/2016: noon-5:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/3/2016: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/4/2016: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/4/2016: 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., US Bank, 10500 Overland Road
  • 8/5/2016: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/5/2016: noon-4 p.m., The Grove Hotel, 245 S Capitol Blvd.
  • 8/5/2016: 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Cloverdale Church of God, 3755 S. Cloverdale Road
  • 8/8/2016: noon-5:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/8/2016: 12:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Whole Foods Market, 401 S Broadway St.
  • 8/9/2016: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd.
  • 8/9/2016: noon-5:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/9/2016: 12:30 p.m.-7 p.m., The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3700 S Maple Grove
  • 8/10/2016: 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/10/2016: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Washington Group Plaza, 720 Park Blvd.
  • 8/11/2016: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/11/2016: 9 a.m.-2:15 p.m., Boise State University Student Union Building, 1700 University Drive
  • 8/12/2016: 8 a.m.-1:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/13/2016: 8 a.m.-noon, Eastwind Community Church, 4750 South Surprise Way
  • 8/13/2016: 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Boise Towne Square Mall, 350 N. Milwaukee St.
  • 8/15/2016: noon-5:45 p.m., Boise Blood Donation Center, 5380 Franklin Road
  • 8/15/2016: 12:30 p.m.-6 p.m., Overland Court Senior Living, 10250 W. Smoke Ranch Drive

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