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Blood drive at St. Mary's, July 25

The American Red Cross asks donors to make and keep appointments this July at one of several area locations to help meet life-saving transfusion needs this summer.

To make an appointment, visit

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bluffton will serve as the host site for a blood drive Thursday, July 25 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two different types of blood donations will be administered, Whole and Power Red.

Listed below are additional blood drive dates and locations.


Whole blood is the most flexible type of donation. It can be transfused in its original form, or used to help multiple people when separated into its specific components of red cells, plasma and platelets.

Whole blood is frequently given to trauma patients and people undergoing surgery. It takes about an hour, and all blood types are eligible.

This is the most common type of donation, during which approximately a pint of 'whole blood' is given. This type of blood donation usually takes about an hour.

A Power Red donation collects red cells, but returns most of the plasma and platelets to the donor. These donors must meet specific eligibility requirements and have type A Negative, B Neg, or type O blood.

Red cells from a Power Red donation are typically given to trauma patients, newborns and emergency transfusions during birth. It also benefits people with sickle cell anemia, and anyone suffering blood loss. The process usually takes 1.5 hours. 

Local blood drives

Thursday, July 18
Pandora United Methodist Church
108 Washington, Pandora, OH 45877
12 PM – 6 PM

Thursday, July 25
St. Mary's Catholic Church
160 North Spring Street, Bluffton, OH 45817
11 AM - 5 PM

Friday, July 26
St. Rita's Medical Center
730 West Market Street, Lima, OH 45801
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Monday, July 29
Visiting Nurses & Hospice
1200 S. Main St., Ada, OH 45810
11:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Wednesday, July 31
Lima Community Church
2945 North Cole Road, Lima, OH 45801
1 PM - 5:30 PM