The American Red Cross is urging donors to help get their blood supply to match patient diversity. Blood from people of all races and ethnicities are being encouraged to give blood to help ensure a diverse blood supply for patients in need.

 According to the American Red Cross, the vast majority of blood types fall into one of the major ABO groups. However, some blood types are unique to certain racial and ethnic groups, so a diverse blood supply is important to meeting the medical needs of an increasingly diverse patient population.

Blood given to patients with rare blood types or those who need repeated transfusions for conditions such as sickle cell disease or thalassemia must be matched very closely. Patients are less likely to have complications from blood donated by someone with a similar racial or ethnic background.

To get involved, you can participate in upcoming blood donation opportunities which are taking place Sept. 16-30. Here's where:

Bethel Mennonite Church, 9335 North 900 E. Odon, IN 47562

9/21/2018: 2 - 7:30 p.m.

City Church, 314 Market St. Evansville, IN 47708

9/16/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Clay Elementary, 210 College St. Clay, KY 42404

9/28/2018: 1 - 5 p.m.

Deaconess Clinic Downtown, 421 Chestnut St. Evansville, IN 47713

9/25/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Evansville Blood Donation Center, 29 North Stockwell Road Evansville, IN 47714

9/17/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

9/18/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.      

9/19/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

9/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

9/22/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

9/24/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

9/25/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

9/26/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

9/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

9/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Gentryville United Methodist Church, 702 Main St. Gentryville, IN 47537

9/20/2018: 3 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Hometown IGA, 312 East 12th St. Huntingburg, IN 47542

9/26/2018: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Huntingburg Herbstfest, 203 S. Cherry St. Huntingburg, IN 47542

9/29/2018: 1 - 5 p.m.

New Hope Christian Church, 559 East 100 S. Washington, IN 47501

9/20/2018: 2 - 6 p.m.

Providence Mennonite Church, 47538 US 50 Montgomery, IN 47558

9/19/2018: 2 - 6 p.m.

Resurrection Catholic School, 5301 New Harmony Road Evansville, IN 47720

9/27/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.

Saint Benedict Cathedral, 1328 Lincoln Ave. Evansville, IN 47714

9/30/2018: 8 a.m. – noon

Signature School, 310 Main St. Evansville, IN 47708

9/24/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

St. Clement Catholic Church / School, 422 East Sycamore St. Boonville, IN 47601

9/25/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.

St. Ferdinand Catholic Church, 341 East 10th St. Ferdinand, IN 47532

9/17/2018: 2 - 7 p.m.

St. Luke Newburgh, 4200 Epworth Road Newburgh, IN 47630

9/20/2018: 2 - 7 p.m.

St. Meinrad School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive Saint Meinrad, IN 47577

9/18/2018: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

St. Vincent, 3700 Washington Ave. Evansville, IN 47750

9/26/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Taylorsville United Methodist Church, 145 W. Main St. Taylorsville, KY 40071

9/18/2018: 2 - 6 p.m.

United Capital Evansville, 601 North Cross Pointe Blvd. Evansville, IN 47715

9/25/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Walmart, 4040 Newton St. Jasper, IN 47546

9/28/2018: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Wendel Hall, 4725 Saint Wendel Cynthinana Road Wadesville, IN 47638

9/23/2018: 8 a.m. – noon

As a thank-you to those who donate blood or platelets through Sept. 30, donors will receive a coupon via email for a free haircut at participating Sport Clips locations.  

To make an appointment, download the American Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) 

If you're unable to donate but would still like to volunteer, contact Kelly Loepker at
314–540–6875 or visit rdcrss.org/driver.