Blood drives will be held in coming weeks at these 5 Topeka locations amid blood, platelet shortage

Tim Hrenchir
Topeka Capital-Journal
Jennifer LeClair, vice president of development for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Topeka, donated blood last May.

A blood drive Saturday will be the first of five over the next six weeks in Topeka.

The drives come at a time when the American Red Cross is experiencing a blood and platelet shortage, said Brittney Rochell, chief communications officer for that organization's Kansas-Oklahoma Region.

The website of the American Red Cross indicates the other drives will take place:

• From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 2401 S.W. Kingsrow.

• From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Christ Lutheran Church, 3509 S.W. Burlingame Road.

• From 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at Washburn University's Petro Allied Health Center.

 • From noon to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at Noller Mazda Hyundai Genesis, 2946 S. Kansas Ave.

• From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, 1100 S.E. Washington.