Thousands Of Additional Donations Needed to Replenish Red Cross Blood Supply

October 17, 2023

Gift cards, chance at $5K for those who come to give during national shortage!

Since announcing a national blood and platelet shortage a month ago,

thousands of donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to help rebuild the American Red Cross

blood and platelet supply. As that generosity continues, the Red Cross is working around-the-clock

to ensure patients have access to lifesaving transfusions and must collect 10,000 additional blood

and platelet donations - over and above expectations - each week over the next month to

sufficiently meet hospital needs. Donors of all blood types are urged to book a time to give now,

especially those with type O blood or those giving platelets.

Don't wait - patients are counting on critical care this fall. To make an appointment, use the Red

Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

To encourage more blood and platelet donations, the Red Cross is offering new incentives to donors over

the next month. All who come to give Oct. 21-Nov. 9 will receive a $10 gift card by email to a restaurant

merchant of their choice to enjoy lunch on the Red Cross. They'll also be automatically entered to win a

$5,000 gift card. There will be three lucky winners - one chosen at random each week. Details are

available at RedCrossBlood.org/Lunch.

Flu and COVID-19 vaccines don't affect donor eligibility

As cold and flu season quickly approaches, the Red Cross is reminding donors that they can still give

blood or platelets after receiving a flu vaccine, so long as they are feeling healthy and well on the day of

their donation. Likewise, there is no deferral or wait time for those receiving the updated COVID-19

vaccine.

Monroe County-Paris November 7, 2023: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., Paris High School, 25686 Business Highway 24.



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