After issuing an emergency call for blood and platelet donors in early July, the American Red Cross continues to face an emergency blood shortage. All eligible donors are urged to give now. With the help of a generous $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross hopes to motivate donors to roll up a sleeve and alleviate the blood shortage across the country. To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross from now until August 29th will receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card via email.
Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood.