Pennsylvania – With the summer coming to a close soon, you’re probably busy. Last minute vacations, school shopping, get-togethers with friends.  But the need for blood donations doesn’t take a vacation.

In fact, summer is a time when most people don’t think about donating blood to the Red Cross, leaving hospitals in desperate need.

You could help prevent this shortage! Even if you donated earlier this summer, you might be eligible to do so again. Blood can be safely donated every 56 days, and Power Red cells can be donated every 112 days.

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 $5 Target eGiftCard. Just schedule an appointment by visiting or downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App or calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.

The soonest blood donation drives in our area are in Punxsutawney and Clearfield next week.

  • A blood drive will be held at the Saints Cosmas and Damian Church in Punxsy from 12:30 until 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 15.
  • The American Red Cross in Clearfield will hold a blood drive at their office on West Front Street in Clearfield on Friday, Aug. 18 from noon until 5:30 p.m.
  • The week afterwards, Penn Highlands Brookville will have a blood drive from 10 until 2:30 at the Education Building on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
  • Three blood drives will be taking place on Tuesday, Aug. 29. You can visit either the Parkside Community Center in DuBois, the Masonic Lodge in Clearfield, or the Community Alliance Church in Karthaus.

If you would like more information or to sign up for any blood drive, please visit

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