The American Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood and platelet donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now.

The Red Cross has been distributing about 12% more blood products to hospitals across the U.S. compared to this time last year. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the current hospital demand and end the severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially Type O, which stands at just a one-day supply right now.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the region include:

— Neligh: Monday, Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., American Legion Hall.

— Leigh: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Leigh Elementary School.

— Schuyler: Thursday, Aug. 12, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Schuyler Public Library.

— West Point: Monday, Aug. 2, noon to 6 p.m., Donald Nielsen Community Center.

— Hooper: Wednesday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hooper Methodist Church.

— Snyder: Monday, Aug, 2, 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., City Auditorium.

— Creighton: Wednesday, Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Faith, Hope & Love Fellowship.

— Norfolk: Monday, Aug. 2, noon to 6 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church; Tuesday, Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., American Legion; Tuesday, Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., American Legion; Thursday, Aug. 12, noon to 6 p.m., Faith Regional Health Services — West Campus.

— Osmond: Tuesday, Aug. 3, noon to 6 p.m., Osmond City Hall.

— Pierce: Wednesday, Aug. 11, noon to 6 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church.

All who come to give blood between Sunday, Aug. 1, and Sunday, Aug. 15, will be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to donate also will receive a free four-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/FeelTheBeat.

Appointments may be scheduled to give blood, or platelets, by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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