Portrait of Tymia McCullough 2018

The American Red Cross is in constant need of public support to replenish its emergency blood supplies through donations. And this summer, the organization is using a different method of spurring interest 

Earlier this month, A’s, B’s and O’s began disappearing from brand logos, social media pages, signs and websites as part of the Missing Types campaign to draw attention to the need for new donors with these blood types.

More than 1,000 partners across the country, from small businesses to leading national brands, have signed on to join the #MissingType movement and raise awareness about the critical role of every blood donor.

While thousands of donors have answered the call to donate blood, more donors are needed now to help ensure blood types don’t go missing. During the summer, especially around holidays like Independence Day, donations often don’t keep pace with patient needs.

The Red Cross will thank all those who donate July 2-7 with exclusive Red Cross Missing Types T-shirt, while supplies last.

In the San Fernando Valley:

—Chatsworth residents can donate on July 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Southern California Gas Company offices located at 9400 Oakdale Ave.

—Encino residents can donate on July 3, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center located at 16237 Ventura Blvd.

—Granada Hills residents can donate on July 9 from 11:45 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., and July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Granada Hills Pavillion located at 11128 Balboa Blvd.

—Northridge residents can donate on July 8, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Community Christian Alliance Church located at 18827 Roscoe Blvd.

—Palmdale residents are asked to donate on the following dates and locations: June 28 and 29, 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., KLOS Radio Blood Drive, American Red Cross Antelope Valley, 2715 E Avenue P; July 3, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Palmdale Regional Medical Center, 38600 Medical Center Drive; and July 6, 10, 13, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., American Red Cross Antelope Valley Chapter, 2715 E Avenue P.

—Panorama City residents are asked to donate on the following dates and at these locations: July 7, 9 a.m. to  3 p.m., Panorama City American Legion Hall, 13553 Reedley Ave.; and July 8, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., St Genevieve Catholic Church, 14061 Roscoe Blvd.

—Porter Ranch residents can donate on July 5, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Porter Ranch Library located at 11371 Tampa Ave.

—Santa Clarita residents are asked to donate on the following dates and at these locations: June 28 and 29 from 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and June 30 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Rio Norte Junior High School located at 28771 Rio Norte Drive; July 11 from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., and July 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Santa Clarita Old West Masonic Lodge located at 19310 Avenue of the Oaks.

—Sherman Oaks residents can donate on July 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant located at 15301 Ventura Blvd.

—Sylmar residents can donate on July 5, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., at the MB2 Raceway, located at 13943 Balboa Blvd.

—Tarzana residents can donate on July 1, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church located at 5619 Lindley Ave.

—Van Nuys residents can donate on June 28, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the  Van Nuys Airport located at 16813 Stagg Street; and July 7, from, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at ONEgeneration located at 17400 Victory Blvd.

— Woodland Hills residents can donate from June 28 through July 15 at various times and locations.

More information and appointments for all Valley locations can be obtained by downloading the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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