American Red Cross and Cancer Society Team to Encourage People to Donate Blood this Summer

Written on June 1, 2021

The American Red Cross and the American Cancer Society have teamed up this June to encourage people across the country to Give Blood and help ensure loved ones have the strength and support they need as they undergo cancer treatment.

According to the American Cancer Society, many patient visits and procedures were forced to delay or cancel early in the pandemic to reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19. 

With procedures resuming, blood donations are critical for cancer treatments. 

The Red Cross however is seeing fewer blood and platelet donors give as the nation begins to climb out of this pandemic. 

The downturn comes at a time when the Red Cross continues to see strong demand for blood products by hospitals, causing concern for the blood supply this month and throughout the summer. 

A blood drive is scheduled for June 21 from noon until 6 at First Baptist Church in Kenton.

The Red Cross will operate a blood drive on June 23 from 2 until 7 at the McVitty Memorial VFW Post in Forest.

Another opportunity to donate in the area comes on June 28 from 2 until8 at the Belle Center United Methodist Church.

To find blood drives and to schedule an appointment, visit

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