The American Red Cross urged donors of all blood types to give now to help prevent delays in medical care this summer.

More donors are needed now to help ensure patients don’t have to wait for blood products, the organization stated in a news release. During the summer, especially around holidays like Independence Day, donations often don’t keep pace with patient needs.

Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting www.RedCrossBlood.org or calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities

  • Pierz: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, Horizon Health, 26814 143rd St.

  • Roosevelt Township: Noon-6 p.m. Friday, July 12, Roosevelt Township Hall, 22613 County Highway 2.

  • Pequot Lakes: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, Pequot Lakes High School, 30805 Olson St.

  • Crosslake: Noon-6 p.m. July 17, Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church, 35208 County Highway 37.

  • Isle: Noon-6 p.m. July 17, Faith Lutheran Church, 220 W. Lake St.

  • Brainerd/Baxter: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. July 19, Northland Arboretum, 14250 Conservation Drive, Baxter; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 26, First Lutheran Church, 424 S. Eighth St., Brainerd.

  • Crosby: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 19, Hallett Center of Crosby, 470 Eighth St. NE.