The American Red Cross North Texas Region has opened a new blood and platelet donation center at 741 N. Central Expressway, Plano. The company held a grand opening event at the location Nov. 9. A second donation center is located in Irving.

“These are exciting times,” said Keith Rhodes, CEO of American Red Cross North Texas region, in a prepared statement. “We have a unique opportunity to provide more robust opportunities for blood donors and extend the types of blood products we can obtain and distribute throughout the region and country.”

Those looking to donate can schedule an appointment by phone or on the company's website. The Red Cross is encouraging Plano residents to donate, citing a blood supply shortage, according to a company release. Red Cross officials said the company’s blood supply is at a record-low point for the past decade. 800-733-2767.