Supplies of blood products continue to be low across the United States. During the past two years, Covid-19 caused the postponement of many elective surgeries and blood donations waned.

Now, along with the normal need for blood products, many of those elective surgeries are being scheduled, increasing the need for blood.

Whether you are a multi-gallon donor or a never-been-a-donor, your blood donation is needed. You can save lives by investing less than an hour of your time. This is a great time to begin or resume the habit of regular blood donations, as the Red Cross has increased the number of blood drives in Kosciusko County.

In the month of August, these dates are scheduled:

* Wed., Aug. 3 - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Center Lake Pavilion, Warsaw - sponsor code clpav

* Tues., Aug. 9 - 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Center Lake Pavilion, Warsaw - sponsor code clpav

* Wed., Aug. 7 - 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Center Lake Pavilion, Warsaw - sponsor code clpav

* Mon. Aug. 22 - 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. - Kosciusko Lodge #418 F&AM, Milford, sponsor code 418F

* Tues. Aug. 23 - 1 p.m to 6 p.m. - North Webster Church of God, sponsor code nwchgod

* Thurs. Aug. 25 - 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. - Grace College, Winona Lake - sponsor code lancers

* Fri. Aug. 26 - 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. - Collier’s Heating & Cooling, Warsaw - sponsor code colliers

Further information on these drives, and contact information to schedule appointments is available online at RedCrossBlood.org or on the Blood Donor App. Blood donations during the month of August will earn you a $10 gift card to a merchant of your choice.

Be a Life Saver! Donate your blood, so that others may live!