Blood drives ramp up across Nebraska

NELIGH, Neb.-- The small town of Neligh, the American Red Cross, and the American Legion is trying to combat the blood shortage across the United States.

There was no shortage of donors that showed up on Monday forming a long line out the door. 

Nationwide, the red cross says more needs to be done. Officials say an additional one thousand blood donations are needed each day.

The community of Neligh is doing its part to save lives:

"We have a very loyal following of volunteers and workers. It is a very positive thing here in Neligh. We do this so our family, friends, and all of northeast Nebraska have blood when they need it," one of the coordinators of the event, Stacy Mitchell said.

Neligh makes blood donations a priority, working with the American legion the community will typically host six drives a year.

One of the main coordinators, Danielle Mortensen, says there's never a time when people aren't rolling up their sleeves to help.

"Some of these donors, I can't tell you the exact amount, but a lot of them will come all six times," Mortensen said.

Other volunteers at the drive, like Janet Martin, can't give blood, but that's not stopping her from making an impact to help save lives across the country.

"Neither my husband nor I am able to give blood. So, it's my way of donating and adding to the importance of the blood donations, " said Martin.

Starting on August 8th, the red cross is requiring people to wear masks indoors when giving blood due to the delta variant surge across the United States.

upcoming blood donation opportunities in the region include:

— Leigh: Tuesday, Aug. 3, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Leigh elementary school.

— Schuyler: Thursday, Aug. 12, 12:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Schuyler public library.

— Hooper: Wednesday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hooper Methodist church.

— Creighton: Wednesday, Aug. 11, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., faith, hope & love fellowship.

~ our savior Lutheran church; Tuesday, Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., American legion; Tuesday, Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., American legion; Thursday, Aug. 12, noon to 6 p.m., faith regional health services — west campus.

— Osmond: Tuesday, Aug. 3, noon to 6 p.m., Osmond city hall.

— Pierce: Wednesday, Aug. 11, noon to 6 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church.