The American Red Cross is in desperate need of blood donations. Spokesperson Samantha Pollard says, “We are not seeing donors to come in at the rate we need to see them come in, which is understandable. It is summer. We are all having fun, going on vacations or out of the office and blood donations is not on the top of people’s minds. We would really like it to be because unfortunately the need for blood never decreases. it pretty much stays steady the year around but what does decrease is the number of donors.”
Pollard says to thank those who come in through the summer, starting today through August 30th, those donating blood or platelets will receive a five-dollar Amazon gift card via email. They will send you a code that can be used on your next Amazon order.
Pollard says all blood types are needed but especially “O” and “O negative”. She says if there is an emergency or trauma situation and the hospital or patient don’t know their blood type they will receive “O negative” because that is the universal blood type and can be given to anyone.
Those wanting more information on how to donate or schedule an appointment can do so by logging on to www.redcrossblood.org.