Emergency blood shortage: $5 Amazon Gift Card for those who help.
Gift cards made possible thanks to generous Amazon donation to the Red Cross to help save patient lives.
To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross now through August 29th will receive a $5 Amazon.com 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.
Individuals can schedule an appointment to give now by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
When an emergency arises, it is the blood already on the shelves that saves lives. Only through the generosity of blood donors can the Red Cross provide hospitals with lifesaving blood to meet the ongoing and often, unpredictable needs of patients. The need for blood is constant. In the United States every two seconds blood is needed to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.
Amazon.com donation is helping save patient lives
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. Amazon’s partnership with the Red Cross is part of their commitment to “Right Now Needs” to help increase blood donations to ensure patient needs are met.
“We are grateful to Amazon for their support in addressing a ‘Right Now Need’ for blood donations,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Each donation truly matters to those counting on blood products to battle illness and injury. Today, we are asking the public to donate as soon as possible to ensure blood is available on hospital shelves for those in need.”
Meghan’s “right now” needs for blood
At any time, a patient can require an immense quantity of blood. For first-time mom Meghan Jolliffe, the need was immediate after suffering an amniotic fluid embolism. Her heart stopped beating for 14 minutes, and doctors had no time to waste. They needed to perform an emergency cesarean section. During delivery, her organs shut down, and her blood would not clot. Meghan needed multiple medical procedures that spanned a seven-hour period and received close to 100 units of blood from generous donors. Her newborn son, Sullivan, experienced complications after birth and would also need several units of blood. Collectively they received 109 units of blood.
“My family and I are forever grateful for the generosity of Red Cross volunteer blood donors,” said Jolliffe. “Donating blood is so important. You or a loved one may never need these lifesaving products, but I can assure you that someone, somewhere will.”
Blood transfusion is one of the most common inpatient hospital procedures in the U.S., and these blood products can only come from volunteer donors. Yet, only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood.
Don’t wait to give
The Red Cross urges individuals across the country to roll up a sleeve today to ensure blood is available for patients across the country. A blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes.
Donors can also save up to 15 minutes at the blood drive by completing a RapidPass®. With RapidPass®, donors complete the pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of donation, from a mobile device or computer. To complete a RapidPass®, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Red Cross Blood Donor App.
To donate blood, individuals need to bring a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification that are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities now thru August.
- 8/7/2019: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., YMCA Ashland, 540 YMCA Way
- 8/8/2019: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., First Baptist Church of Ashland, 2004 Siskiyou Blvd.
8/14/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., LDS – Stake Central Point, 2305 Taylor Rd
8/7/2019: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Ashpole Community Center, 17 Buchanan
- 7/29/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., RRMC-Smullin Center, 2825 East Barnett Road
- 7/29/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102
- 7/30/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Springs at Veranda Park, 1641 Veranda Park Dr
- 7/30/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., City Hall Annex, 411 W 8th St
- 8/1/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Rogue Credit Union, 1370 Center Dr., PO Box 4550
- 8/2/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102
- 8/5/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102
- 8/9/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102
- 8/12/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102
- 8/13/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Medford Blood Donation Center, 1174 Progress Drive Suite 102
8/5/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Ray’s Market, 215 E. Wagner St.
- 7/31/2019: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., RCC Redwood Campus Building W, 3345 Redwood Highway
- 8/1/2019: 11:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Newman United Methodist Church, 132 NE B St.
- 8/2/2019: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Asante Three Rivers Medical Center, 500 SW Ramsey
- 8/6/2019: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Wal-Mart Grants Pass, 135 NE Terry Ln
- 8/6/2019: 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Fred Meyer Grants Pass, 1101 Grants Pass Parkway
- 8/8/2019: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., First Call Resolution, 333 SW 5th St
- 8/15/2019: 11:15 a.m. – 5:15 p.m., Newman United Methodist Church, 132 NE B St.
8/9/2019: 9:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., The Grange, 20100 Williams Hwy
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.