American Red Cross to give $5 Amazon gift cards to blood donors

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- The American Red Cross continues to face a critical blood shortage. Eligible donors of all blood types are urged to give now.

As an incentive, all those who come to donate blood July 30 through Aug. 30, 2018, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email, the Red Cross says. (Restrictions apply. More information and details are available here.)

Red Cross blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand. The Red Cross says it strives to keep a five-day supply of blood to meet the needs of patients and to be prepared for emergencies that require significant volumes of donated blood products.

“Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Jan Hale, communications manager of the Red Cross Central Plains Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.”

There is a particular need for type O blood, which plays an important role in ongoing patient care and emergencies. Type O positive is the most transfused blood type and can be given to patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is the universal blood type and can be given to any patient. It’s what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine the blood type of patients in the most serious situations.

Donors of all blood types are urged to make an appointment to give now using the free American Red Cross Blood Donor App, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Upcoming blood donation opportunities July 25-Aug. 15
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Coffey

Burlington
7/31/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., St. Francis Xavier Church, 214 Juniatta St.
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Dickinson

Herington
7/27/2018: 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Herington Community Fairgrounds, South Broadway
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Douglas

Lawrence
7/26/2018: 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway
8/10/2018: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vermont St.
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Franklin

Ottawa
8/9/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Celebration Hall, 1737 S. Elm
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Geary

Fort Riley
8/7/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fort Riley In & Out Processing, 208 Custer
8/8/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Fort Riley Command HQ, 580 1st Division Road

Junction City
8/13/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Valley View Senior Living, 1440 Pearl Dr.
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Linn

Pleasanton
7/30/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Pleasanton High School, 1001 Ash St.
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Lyon

Americus
7/27/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., United Methodist Church, 413 Walnut

Emporia
8/1/2018: 10:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m., Emporia State University, 1200 Commercial
8/2/2018: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Flint Hills Mall, 1632 Industrial Rd.
8/15/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Twelfth Avenue Baptist Church, 2023 W. 12th Ave.

Olpe
8/3/2018: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 212 Iowa
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Pottawatomie

Wamego
8/7/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 600 Lincoln Ave
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Riley

Manhattan
8/2/2018: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Rally House, 623 N Manhattan Ave
8/3/2018: 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Rally House, 623 N Manhattan Ave
8/6/2018: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Manhattan High School, 2100 Poyntz
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Shawnee

Topeka
7/25/2018: 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., Pleasantview Building, 3107 S.W. 21st St
8/1/2018: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Victory City Church, 2622 SE 6th Ave.