Red Cross: Urgent need for blood donations now

The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood and platelet donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season.

Blood and platelet donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancelations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia.

He has received a number of transfusions since his diagnosis in June and will likely need more.

Donors are urged to give now to ensure that families like Wyatt’s don’t have to worry about the availability of blood this winter. In thanks for helping meet the urgent need around the holidays, all those who come to donate blood or platelets now through Dec. 19, 2018, will receive a $5 Gift Card via email.

More information and details are available at

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

Blood donations in Morrow County:


Dec. 1: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Cardington First United Methodist Church, 300 South Marion Street.

Dec. 18: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., Cardington Lincoln High School, 349 Chesterville Avenue.


Dec. 6: 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Iberia United Methodist Church, 3664 Ohio 309.


Dec. 7: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Marengo United Methodist Church, 8 North Main Street.

Mount Gilead

Dec.19: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Morrow County Hospital, 651 West Marion Road.