Wondering what you can do to help those in Texas and across approximately 30 states dealing with life-threatening conditions due to weather over the past few weeks? The American Red Cross says they've had to cancel hundreds of blood drives because of the conditions and more than 15,000 platelet and blood donations have gone uncollected.

There's an urgent need now for blood donations from healthy individuals, especially among Type O individuals. It will help ensure needs can be met in emergencies and disasters.

CBS2 says you can make an appointment to give blood now by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting the Red Cross website, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

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In addition, several Eastern Iowa locations have scheduled blood donation drives:


10 a.m.-2 p.m., Cornell College - Sports Center Complex, 600 1st St West, Mt. Vernon

Noon-5 p.m., First Assembly of God Church, 3233 Blairs Ferry Rd, Cedar Rapids

Noon-5 p.m., Stone Ridge Community Church, 1111 Montgomery Street, Iowa City


9 a.m.-2 p.m., Beckman High School, 1325 Ninth St, Dyersville

2-6:30 p.m., Jesup High School, 531 Prospect Street, Jesup



10 a.m.-3 p.m., Blessed Maria Assunta Pallotta, 3231 W 9th St, Waterloo


11 a.m.-4 p.m., Acme Electric, 1060 Capitol Dr. SW, Cedar Rapids


9 a.m.- 2 p.m., Eastern Allamakee High School, 569 Center St, Lansing

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Newman Catholic Student Center, 104 E Jefferson St., Iowa City


10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., North Tama High School, 605 Walnut St., Traer

2-6 p.m., Finnin Kia, 4355 Dodge Street, Dubuque


1-5 p.m., Belle Plaine Community center, 1309 5th Ave., Belle Plaine

1-6 p.m., Ed-Co High School, 403 W Union St, Edgewood


Noon-4 p.m., Pinecrest, 1407 Independence Ave., Waterloo

12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m., Messiah Lutheran Church, 229 Chestnut St., Janesville

10-3 p.m., Central Community School - Elkader, 400 1st St NW


8 a.m.-noon, Union High School, 200 Adams Street, LaPorte City


Noon-5 p.m., Nazareth Lutheran Church, 7401 University Ave., Cedar Falls


8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Human Services Campus, 317 7th Ave. SE, Cedar Rapids

Noon-4:30 p.m., Marriott Hotel, 300 E 9th Street, Coralville


Noon-5 p.m., American Legion Post 735, 207 Robins Rd., Hiawatha

1-6 p.m., Center Point Urbana High School, 145 Iowa St, Center Point

You are asked to schedule an appointment before attending any of these drives and please wear a mask. Be assured that 'each blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions– including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance.'

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