Opportunities to donate blood through the Red Cross begin this week in Ottawa County, with additional dates through early April in Craig and Delaware counties.

MIAMI – The American Red Cross is again issuing a call for blood donors to help fill gaps in their blood supply following severe winter storms.

The organization reports that more than 270 blood drives were canceled in the first two weeks of March due to severe winter weather in some areas of the country during that period.

All blood types are needed and a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors 17 years of age (16 with written parental consent), must weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health. Persons 18 years of age and older also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

To make an appointment and to learn more about donation requirements download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming donation opportunities in Ottawa, Craig, and Delaware counties begin this week on Wednesday, March 21 and continue into early April at the following times and locations:

OTTAWA COUNTY

Miami

March 21 from 12:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., High Winds Casino, 61475 E. 100 Road.

April 13 from 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Miami Activity Center, 2000 E. Central.

Quapaw

March 21 from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Downstream Casino Resort, 69300 E. Nee Road.

CRAIG COUNTY

Welch

April 3 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Welch High School, 707 South Curtis.

Vinita

April 5 from 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., South Grand Lake Christian Church, 446205 E. 350 Rd.

DELAWARE COUNTY

Jay

April 4 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Jay Community Center, 429 South 9th.