The Red Cross is partnering with Amazon to offer $5 gift cards to eligible donors who give blood between July 29 and August 29, 2019.
According to the Red Cross, they are facing an emergency blood shortage. They put out calls earlier in July for more donors, but are now utilizing a $1 million donation from Amazon to fund this outreach effort. The Red Cross claims they currently have less than a three-day supply of most blood types, and only a two-day supply of type O.
As the organization points out in a press release, “When an emergency arises, it is the blood already on the shelves that saves lives.” Without generous donations, sudden crises can deplete their already-small stores. Blood is needed for victims of accidents, transplant and cancer patients, and the Red Cross has historically supplied 40 percent of blood donated in the U.S.
Here are a few local places to donate in the next few weeks:
7/30/2019: 10 am – 4 pm, Trimble, 345 SW Avery Ave
8/1/2019: 12:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Corvallis Elks Lodge #1413, 1400 NW 9th St
8/2/2019: 11 am – 4 pm, Corvallis Library, 645 NW Monroe Ave
8/7/2019: 10 am – 3 pm, HP Campus – 1100 Building, 1100 NE Circle Blvd., Suite 300
8/7/2019: 1 pm – 6 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St
8/8/2019: 9 am – 12 pm, Corvallis Fire Department, 400 NW Harrison Blvd
8/8/2019: 11 am – 4:30 pm, Good Samaritan Reg. Med. Center, 3600 NW Samaritan Dr.
8/8/2019: 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Snap Fitness 24-7 Corvallis Sunset, 5246 SW Philomath Blvd
8/13/2019: 1 pm – 6 pm, First Presbyterian Church, 114 SW 8th St
If you have any questions about whether you’re eligible, what the process for giving is like, or about the details of the Amazon gift card offer, visit RedCrossBlood.org, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).