In the coming weeks, there will be three opportunities for area residents to donate blood to the American Red Cross.

From 2-6 p.m., on June 24 at Kate’s Kountry Kupboard, 6057 Highway KK in Chula; from 12:30-5:30 p.m., on June 26 at Grand River Area Family YMCA, 1725 Locust, Chillicothe, and from 11 .m.m, to 3 p.m., July 2 at Lowes in Chillicothe.

Donors during the month of June will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card.

Blood drive safety precautions

To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well, or who believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone their donation.

According to a Red Cross press release, each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive and are required to wear a face-covering or mask while at the drive, in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

Donation appointments can be made by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.