YMCA to host blood drive on Sept. 1

The American Red Cross needs blood donations to overcome a chronic blood shortage.

Donations are needed now to ensure blood remains available for patients in need.

An upcoming blood donation opportunity in Huntington is set for Friday, Sept. 1, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Parkview Huntington Family YM-CA, 1160W-500N, Huntington.

As a special thank you, those who come out to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will be emailed a Target eGiftCard.

Appointments can be scheduled by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting red crossblood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

To help reduce wait times, donors are encouraged to make appointments and complete the RapidPass online health history questionnaire at redcross blood.org/RapidPass.