Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure a sufficient supply for patients this fall, especially after Hurricane Florence and subsequent flooding forced the cancellation of more than 6,000 blood and platelet donations last month.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

As a thank-you, those who come to donate blood or platelets in October will automatically be entered to win one of five $500 gift cards redeemable at hundreds of merchants. Learn more at

Upcoming blood donation opportunities: ?

Ashland County

Oct. 18, 1-6 p.m., Polk Volunteer Fire Dept, 209 E. Congress St.

Oct. 25, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Black River High School, 233 County Road 40.

Oct. 25, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Mapleton High School, 635 County Road 801.

Oct. 27, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 1360 Smith Road.

Holmes County

Oct. 20, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Gospel Haven Church, 6871 State Route 241, Millersburg.

Oct. 22, 3-7 p.m., Bowman Harness, 6928 County Road 77, Millersburg.

Oct. 24, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Paint Valley Parts, Ltd, 10850 County Road 320, Millersburg.

Oct. 26, 1-7 p.m., Nashville Church of Christ, 13457 State Route 39, Nashville.

Wayne County

Oct. 16, 1-7 p.m., Cornerstone Elementary School, 101 W. Bowman St., Wooster.

Oct. 18, 1-6 p.m., Orrville Christian Church, 925 N. Elm St., Orrville.

Oct. 22, 3-8 p.m., East Union Mennonite, 10678 E. Lincoln Way, Orrville.

Oct. 22, 2-7 p.m., Green Elementary School, 200 Smithie Drive, Smithville.

Oct. 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Cleveland Clinic Milltown Road, 721 E. Milltown Road, Wooster.

Oct. 25, noon-6 p.m., Student Life Center, 1901 Smucker Road, Orrville.

Oct. 29, 1-7 p.m., St, Stephen Catholic Church, 44 Britton Road, West Salem.

Oct. 30, 1-7 p.m., Mennonite Christian Assembly, 10664 Fryburg Road, Fredericksburg.

Oct. 30, 1-7 p.m., HarvestCall Center, 10155 E. Pleasant Home Road, Sterling.

Oct. 31, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Mazda of Wooster, 4404 Cleveland Road, Wooster.

Download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 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 driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass® to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.