Veterans and families who want to help the nation’s critical blood shortage can also receive a $10 Amazon gift card in the process by donating to the American Red Cross.

With Thanksgiving and the holidays approaching, the Red Cross urges donors to continue to make and keep appointments now and in the weeks ahead to help overcome the ongoing emergency blood and platelet shortage that has significantly impacted the nation’s blood supply. In fact, the current blood supply is the lowest the Red Cross has seen this time of year in more than a decade.

Donors are urged to schedule an appointment now by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Donate in November for gift card and trip, helping shortage

In honor of the new series, I Know What You Did Last Summer, those who come to give Nov. 1-12, 2021, will automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Hawaii, courtesy of Amazon Prime Video.* The trip will transport the winner to where the series was filmed and includes round-trip airfare for two, hotel accommodations for nine nights, meals, $1,000 gift card for expenses and on-trip transportation with tour stops from Honolulu to Maui. Plus, those who come to donate Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card* by email, thanks to Amazon.**

Blood drive safety

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including face masks for donors and staff, regardless of vaccination status – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors are asked to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive.

Save time during donation

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.

Health insights for donors

At a time when health information has never been more important, the Red Cross is screening all blood, platelet and plasma donations from self-identified African American donors for the sickle cell trait. This additional screening will provide Black donors with an additional health insight and help the Red Cross identify compatible blood types more quickly to help patients with sickle cell disease who require trait-negative blood. Blood transfusion is an essential treatment for those with sickle cell disease, and blood donations from individuals of the same race, ethnicity and blood type have a unique ability to help patients fighting sickle cell disease.

Donors can expect to receive sickle cell trait screening results, if applicable, within one to two weeks through the Red Cross Blood Donor App and the online donor portal at RedCrossBlood.org.


 

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*Restrictions apply, see RedCrossBlood.org/IKnowWhatYouDid.

**Restrictions apply, see amazon.com/gc-legal.

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21 Comments

  1. Megan Thompson November 3, 2021 at 10:19 am

    whether blood donation is regulated in any way at the legislative level:
    https://lawrina.com/us-law/state/california/regulations/title-28/

  2. Gerald F KEENEY October 29, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    I used to donate blood on a very regular basis. Thought that it was something good that I could do for my fellow man… Now, I am a TYPE II diabetic and I don’t know if I can donate or not…maybe for research or for training purposes/research. Can anyone tell me if I am still able to donate blood?

    • Erik October 29, 2021 at 9:16 pm

      I too am Type II diabetic and just donated blood this afternoon. I was told that we diabetics are still able to donate.
      Good luck.
      E

  3. Judy E Francis October 29, 2021 at 3:30 am

    I’ve been donating blood regularly since I was an adult, and I hope I can help more people

  4. Cory E Hash October 29, 2021 at 3:29 am

    I used to donate blood when I was in the army, and I will continue to do so

  5. Victor M Jackson October 29, 2021 at 2:44 am

    Thank you. Thank you very much, everyone

  6. Victor M Jackson October 29, 2021 at 2:41 am

    I have been donating blood continuously for 30 years, one is to promote blood circulation, the other is to help more people in need

  7. Karen D Ellison October 29, 2021 at 2:38 am

    I’m willing to keep donating,

  8. Joseph P Jackson October 29, 2021 at 2:18 am

    I’ll donate whenever I get the chance

  9. Jeffrey L Hardaway October 29, 2021 at 2:00 am

    I’ve been donating blood for 30 years, just a little bit, doing what I can

  10. Margaret J Moore October 29, 2021 at 1:44 am

    I have donated blood many times and I intend to do so until I retire

  11. Christina D Wilkins October 29, 2021 at 1:16 am

    Thank you.

  12. Jane W Cimino October 28, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    You are doing me a great service, and I’m very grateful to you.

  13. Carrie J Phillips October 28, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    I’m very grateful to you

  14. Kingsley Sharp October 28, 2021 at 10:49 pm

    I have donated many times and WILL continue to do so, but it is too soon since my last donation

  15. Kenneth K Miles October 28, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Hope and encourage everyone to donate blood so that some rare blood types can be supplied

  16. paul j peisel October 28, 2021 at 11:14 am

    HAVE DONATED MANY PINTS SINCE THE EARLY 70’S HERE ON LONG ISLAND..NY…HAVE DONATED MANY PLATELET UNITS AT THE ROCKVILLE CNTRE VENUE…STOPPED SINCE 2015, WHEN I WAS VERY SICK…WOULD LIKE TO RESUME AS I NOTICE ON MY BLOOD TESTS THAT MY PLATELET COUNT IS GREAT FOR A TWO FER..HAHAHEHE…A 2 FER….PLEASE INFORM ME WHERE I CAN DONATE AND I SHALL DO MY GOD’S BIDDING FOR MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS…THNKING YOU FOREVER…IN CHRIST JESUS…MAJOR PAUL J PEISE;L…US ARMY RETIRED…VIETNAM VET…..ARMY STRONG……GO ARMY BLACK KNIGHTS…WEST POINT

  17. curtis larson October 28, 2021 at 10:32 am

    I have donated multiple times and have previously also been offered an Amazon gift card. I try not to use Amazon, there should be other options.

  18. Richard Sanders October 27, 2021 at 10:13 pm

    I would donate blood if not for masks….That’s why I got vaccinated. I will not be forced to wear it.

  19. Bert Agcaoili October 27, 2021 at 9:27 pm

    I have been donating blood since the 70’s in the military until my retirement in 1993. I continued donating while I was employed at the USPS upon my return here in the states between 1993 to the 2010’s. Then one day, your blood mobile in Moreno Valley, CA suddenly declined my donation in the 2010’s saying that my blood could have been contaminated when I was stationed in Germany in the 90’s. And yet you have continued to take my blood and without any problem between 1993 and 2010’s. If I had been contaminated in Germany then, shouldn’t I be already by now?

    [Editor: Click here for more info on the FDA lifting its ban for those who served in Europe: https://blogs.va.gov/VAntage/83743/fda-lifts-ban-european-blood-donations/ ]

  20. Peter M. Olsen October 27, 2021 at 7:53 pm

    Between June 1988 and 9.17.04, I donated eight (8) pints to you. My total donations to 9.28.21 stand at 47. Oh I also donated 17 pints to the German Red Cross. Donating is the least I can do to help others. I am low on cash and live on a basic SS. My next donation date will be Nov 23 at the Vitalant here in Roswell, NM. Oh, can you spare a BLOOD DONAR RECORD. I LOVE KEEPING TRACT. So, counting the German amount, my total is 47. I am 83 and will continue until I can no longer!

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