The American Red Cross is hosting a pair of upcoming blood drives as blood banks try to keep supplies replenished amid the pandemic.


One drive is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at Bass Pro Shops in Independence.


On June 17, the Red Cross will be at the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


Donations are by appointment only. To schedule a donation time for those or any other blood drives, go to redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-733-2767. The Red Cross says type O blood and platelets are especially in need.


The Community Blood Center in the metro area also continues to do appointment-only donations. The Blue Springs donor center is at 1124 S.W. U.S. 40.


All CBC donor centers are now open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday through Sunday. To schedule a donation appointment, call 1-877-468-6844 or visit savealifenow.org/coronavirus.


– Examiner staff