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Emergency blood shortage: $5 Amazon Gift Card for those who help

To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross July 29 through Aug. 29 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.

 

Emergency blood shortage: $5 Amazon Gift Card for those who help

 

 

 

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

 

COLUMBUS, Ohio (July 29, 2019) — To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross July 29 through Aug. 29 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. In Central Ohio alone, the Red Cross needs about 550 people to donate each day to support patients at 40 area hospitals.

 

Amazon 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 July 29-Aug. 15:

Perry County

 

Crooksville

8/14/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

7/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Perry County District Library, 117 South Jackson Street

 

Somerset

8/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

8/4/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

8/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thornvillle Elementary, 70 East Columbus St.

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Athens County

 

Athens

7/29/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., OU Inn, 331 Richland Avenue

8/6/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Quidel, 2005 East State St.

8/15/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Richland United Methodist Church, 60 Pomeroy Rd

 

Nelsonville

7/30/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 205 W. Columbus Street

8/14/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Parade of the Hills, 85 W. Columbus Street

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Coshocton County

 

Conesville

8/6/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., American Electric Power, 47201  County Road 273

 

Coshocton

7/30/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Annin & Company, 700 South 3rd Street

 

Fresno

8/7/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chili Crossroads Bible Church, 29445 County Rd. 10

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Fairfield County

 

Amanda

8/13/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Johns Branch Library, 116 E. High St

 

Baltimore

8/12/2019: 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., The Grove Community Christian Church, 3420 Blacklick Eastern Rd.

 

Lancaster

8/1/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Pleasant Twp. Fire Dept., 2925 Lancaster Thornville Rd. NE

8/5/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

8/6/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 343 E. Walnut St.

8/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 245 E. Chestnut

8/8/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Fairfield Medical Center, 401 N. Ewing Street

 

Millersport

8/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Millersport Lions Club, 2900 Chautauqua Blvd

 

Pickerington

8/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Pickerington Public Library, 201 Opportunity Way

8/8/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Logos Bible Church, 623 Hill Rd. N

8/15/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., American Motorcyclist Association, 13515 Yarmouth Dr.

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Fayette County

 

Jeffersonville

8/10/2019: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Jeffersonville Lions Club, One Railroad Street

 

Washington Court House

8/13/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Grace United Methodist Church, 301 East Market Place

8/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Fayette County Memorial Hospital, 1510 Columbus Ave

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Greene County

 

Dayton

8/6/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Be Hope Church, 1850 North Fairfield Road

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Guernsey County

 

Byesville

7/31/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Stop Nine Church, 60312 Southgate Road

 

Cambridge

8/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Dean Orthodontics, 61121 Southgate Road

 

Cumberland

7/30/2019: 1:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m., Buffalo Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 302 Main St.

 

Quaker City

7/30/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Calais Church, 29880 Miltonsburg Calais Road

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Harrison County

 

Cadiz

8/3/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Harrison County Cancer Crusaders In Memory of Jerry Graham, 550 Grant St

 

Freeport

8/13/2019: 3 p.m. - 8 p.m., Antrim Mennonite Church, 20360 Cadiz Road

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Highland County

 

Greenfield

8/4/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Greenfield McClain High School, 200 N. 5th Street

 

Leesburg

8/8/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Highland County Joint Fire/EMS Station, 200 South Street

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Hocking County

 

Logan

8/10/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Move The Hills, 1 East Main St

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Licking County

 

Croton

8/8/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hartford Fair, 14028 Fairgrounds Road

 

Heath

7/29/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Lowe's, 888 Hebron Road

8/6/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Christ Lutheran Church Heath, 732 Hebron Road (RT.79)

8/13/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Grateful Life Tour at the Church In The Mall, 771 S 30th Street

 

Newark

7/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Emerson R. Miller Library, 990 West Main St.

7/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/2/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/6/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/9/2019: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

8/13/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Licking Blood Donation Center, 1272 West Main Street, Doctors Park Building 5 - South

 

Pataskala

8/9/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Hosanna Lutheran Church, 7714 Hazelton-Etna Road

8/12/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Tri Village Christian Church, 7509 E. Broad St SW

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Madison County

 

London

8/9/2019: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rocking Horse Community Health Center Parking Lot, 212 N. Main St.

8/14/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 211 Garfield Ave

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Muskingum County

 

Chandlersville

8/2/2019: 2 p.m. - 8 p.m., Chandlersville Community Building, 8775 Chandlersville Rd

 

Zanesville

7/29/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

7/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Zanesville High School, 1701 Blue Avenue

8/12/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 830 Military Road

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Noble County

 

Caldwell

8/1/2019: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m., Community Center, 44187 Fairgrounds Rd

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Perry County

 

Crooksville

8/14/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Crooksville VFD, 22 China Street

 

New Lexington

7/30/2019: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Perry County District Library, 117 South Jackson Street

 

Somerset

8/15/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Somerset American Legion, 107 East Gay St.

 

Thornville

8/4/2019: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Amvets Post 51, 9293 Twp Rd. 79

8/14/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Thornvillle Elementary, 70 East Columbus St.

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Pickaway County

 

Circleville

8/6/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pickaway County District Public Library, 1160 North Court Street

 

Williamsport

8/1/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., American Legion Hall, 107  Green Street

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Ross County

 

Bainbridge

8/4/2019: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., Rainsboro Church of Christ, 13072 Barrett Mill Road

8/9/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Bainbridge Produce Auction, 4053 St. Rt. 41

 

Chillicothe

8/2/2019: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., iHeartMEDIA Blood Bash at the Scioto Valley Chapter House, 181 N Bridge St

8/5/2019: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Christian Life Tabernacle, 3017 Egypt Pike

8/7/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ross County Fairgrounds, 344 Fairgrounds Rd.

8/8/2019: 1 p.m. - 7 p.m., Ross County Fairgrounds, 344 Fairgrounds Rd.

8/9/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Ross County Fairgrounds, 344 Fairgrounds Rd.

8/13/2019: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Adena Regional Medical Center, Rt. 23(272 Hospital Rd.)

 

Kingston

7/31/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Community United Methodist Church  Hallsville, 8585 State Route 180

 

 

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.

Upcoming Events
Blood Drive Ludowici - Local 505 Friday, December 6, 2019 Dec 06, 2019 08:00 AM - 02:00 PM — Ludowici Factory of Ideas - 4757 Tile Plant Rd, New Lexington, OH 43764
Perry County District Library New Lex Christmas Walk 2019 Dec 06, 2019 04:00 PM - 08:00 PM — Perry County District Library - 117 S. Jackson St., New Lexington, OH 43764
2019 New Lexington Christmas Parade Dec 06, 2019 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM — Jim Rockwell Stadium - School Dr, New Lexington, OH 43764
December 2019 Perry County Park District Board Meeting Dec 09, 2019 03:30 PM - 04:30 PM — PBHC Activity Center - 112 S Main St, New Lexington, OH 43764
Blood Drive Thornville Masonic Lodge Saturday, December 14, 2019 Dec 14, 2019 07:00 AM - 12:30 PM — Thornville Masonic Lodge #521 - 44 E Columbus St, Thornville, OH 43076
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