LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The American Red Cross is issuing an urgent call for donors due to an emergency blood shortage.

Officials say more than 550 fewer blood drives were held last week because of the July 4 holiday. This could could have led to as many as 15,000 fewer donations than needed, which has caused blood donations to be given to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

The urgent need comes as the Red Cross  holds its Holiday Hero Blood Drive at Churchill Downs on July 10, 11 and 12, 2018.  Donations can be made both days 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Millionaire's Row. All donors get a free chicken dinner from Stoker's Broaster Chicken and one free ticket to King's Island or other Cedar Fair locations while supplies last. 

According to a news release, the organization is asking for all blood types, but is especially in need of type O donors.

Type O is the most needed blood type, and in most cases is the first blood type to be depleted during a shortage.

Authorities say Type O negative is the universal blood type, while Type O positive is the most common blood type and can be given to Rh-positive patients with any blood type.

The following blood drives are planned throughout the Louisville region between July 9 and July 31:

  • Jeff Wyler Toyota of Clarksville, 808 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway, Clarksville, IN 47129, 7/13/2018: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Walmart, 1351 Veterans Parkway, Clarksville, IN 47129, 7/16/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Clark County Blood Donation Center, 1805 E. 8th St. Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 7/9/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.; 7/16/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.; 7/23/2018: 1 - 6 p.m.; 7/30/2018: 1 -       6 p.m.
  • Clark Memorial Hospital, 1220 Missouri Ave. Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 7/12/2018: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Harland Clarke, 240 America Place, Jeffersonville, IN 47130, 7/17/2018: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Calvary Christian Church, 605 Norman Drive, Sellersburg, IN 47172, 7/23/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Cornerstone Community Church, 6639 St. Mary's Road, Knobs, IN 47119, 7/29/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Shepherd of the Hills, 5231 State Road 62, Georgetown, IN 47122, 7/9/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • W.M. Kelley Company, Inc, 620 Durgee Road, New Albany, IN 47150, 7/11/2018: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Zaxby's, 2870 Technology Ave. New Albany, IN 47150, 7/16/2018: 4 - 8 p.m.
  • YMCA, 33 State St. New Albany, IN 47150, 7/17/2018: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • City County Building New Albany, 311 Hauss Square, New Albany, IN 47150, 7/20/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Kaiser Home Support Services, 2633 Grant Line Road, New Albany, IN 47150, 7/20/2018: 1 - 5 p.m.
  • St. Rita Catholic Church, 8709 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40219, 7/1/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Downtown Louisville Blood Donation Center, 520 E. Chestnut St. Louisville, KY 40202,7/9/2018: noon - 6:30 p.m.;  7/10/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/11/2018: 11           a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; 7/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.; 7/15/2018: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 7/16/2018: noon - 6:30             p.m.;;7/17/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/18/2018: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; 7/19/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/20/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.; 7/22/2018: 8       a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 7/23/2018: noon - 6:30 p.m.; 7/24/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/25/2018: 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; 7/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/27/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.;       7/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.; 7/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; 7/30/2018: noon - 6:30 p.m.; 7/31/2018: noon - 7 p.m.
  • East End Louisville Blood Donation Center, 291 N. Hubbards Lane, Louisville, KY 40207, 7/9/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/10/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/11/2018: 11             a.m. - 6 p.m.; 7/12/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/13/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/14/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/15/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/16/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/17/2018:       noon - 7 p.m.; 7/18/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 7/19/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/20/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/21/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/22/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.;                   7/23/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/24/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/25/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; 7/26/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/27/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/28/2018: 8 a.m. - 3           p.m.; 7/29/2018: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; 7/30/2018: noon - 7 p.m.; 7/31/2018: noon - 7 p.m.
  • Commission for Children with Special Health Care Needs, 310 Whittington Parkway, Louisville, KY 40222, 7/10/2018: 8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Holiday Hero- Churchill Downs, Churchill Downs, 700 Central Ave. Louisville, KY 40208, 7/10/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 7/11/2018: 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; 7/12/2018: 11       a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Douglass Boulevard Christian Church, 2005 Douglass Blvd. Louisville, KY 40205, 7/14/2018: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2000 Douglass Blvd. Louisville, KY 40205, 7/15/2018: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Parkland Baptist Church, 7206 Shepherdsville Road, Louisville, KY 40219, 7/15/2018: 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Harvey Browne Presbyterian, 311 Browns Lane, Louisville, KY 40207, 7/16/2018: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Steel Technologies, 700 N. Hurstbourne Parkway, Suite 400, Louisville, KY 40222, 7/19/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • ARGI Financial Group, 2110 High Wickham Place, Louisville, KY, 40245, 7/19/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Paragon Center, 6040 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205, 7/19/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Louisville Zoo/Metro Parks, 1100 Trevilian Way, Louisville, KY 40213, 7/19/2018: noon - 4 p.m.
  • Shively Baptist Church, 1599 Sadie Lane, Louisville, KY 40216, 7/19/2018: 3 - 8 p.m.
  • Louisville Fire and Rescue, 3401 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205, 7/20/2018: 4 - 8 p.m.
  • St. Michael Orthodox Church, 3701 St. Michael Church Drive, Louisville, KY 40220, 7/22/2018: noon - 4 p.m.
  • ZAXBY'S, 5025 Mud Lane, Louisville , KY 40229, 7/23/2018: 2 - 8 p.m.
  • Farm Credit Mid-America, 1601 UPS Drive, Louisville, KY 40223, 7/24/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Vogt Power International, 13551 Triton Park Blvd, Louisville, KY 40223, 7/24/2018: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Kroger, 5533 New Cut Road, Louisville, KY 40214, 7/24/2018: 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Jefferson Mall, 4801/B-302 Outer Loop, Louisville, KY 40219, 7/24/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Zaxby's--Old Henry, 13811 Terra View Trail, Louisville, KY 40245, 7/24/2018: 3:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • National Tobacco, 5201 Interchange Drive, Louisville, KY 40229, 7/25/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
  • Kroger Hillview, 5001 Mud Lane, Louisville, KY 40229, 7/25/2018: 3 - 6 p.m.
  • St. Edward, 9608 Sue Helen Drive, Louisville, KY 40299, 7/25/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Jewish Community Center, 3600 Dutchmans Lane, Louisville, KY 40205, 7/26/2018: 3 - 7 p.m.
  • Sister Bean's Coffee House, 5225 New Cut Road, Louisville, KY 40214, 7/28/2018: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 3345 Lexington Road, Louisville, KY 40206, 7/29/2018: 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Culver's, 11801 Interchange Drive, Louisville, KY 40229, 7/29/2018: noon - 5 p.m.
  • Zaxby's of Middletown, 807 Blankenbaker Parkway, Louisville, KY 40243, 7/30/2018: 2 - 7 p.m.
  • Okolona Fire Department, 8501 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40219, 7/30/2018: 4 - 8 p.m.
  • Orr Corporation, 11601 Interchange Drive, Louisville, KY 40229, 7/31/2018: 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Sullivan University, 3101 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 40205, 7/31/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Christ Lutheran Church, 9212 Taylorsville Road, Louisville, KY 40299

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