With many regular donors delaying giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start, the American Red Cross has an emergency need for blood and platelet donations to help end a summer blood shortage.

Make an appointment to donate blood now by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device. Those who donated blood earlier this summer may be eligible to give again. Blood can be safely given every 56 days, and Power Red donations can be given every 112 days.

With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross is thanking those who help overcome the shortage by coming to give July 29 through Aug. 29 with a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. (Restrictions apply; see amazon.com/gc-legal. More information and details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/Together.)

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 13-31:

Otter Tail

Henning

8/21/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community Center, 607 2nd St.

New York Mills

8/22/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., New York Mills City Hall, 28 Centennial 84 Drive W.

Parkers Prairie

8/16/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 709 S. Douglas Ave.

Underwood

8/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Underwood High School, 100 Southern Ave. E.

Todd

Long Prairie

8/13/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Vitality Wellness Building, 50 CentraCare Drive