LANSING, Mich. — The American Red Cross is putting out a call for donors as it continues to experience a severe blood shortage and is offering an incentive to encourage people to donate blood.
The American Red Cross is urging donors of all blood types, especially type O and those giving platelets, to make an appointment.
More than 1,000 additional blood donations are needed each day to meet current demand, according to the Red Cross. They say the demand is due to hospitals responding to an unusually high number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries.
As a way to thank donors who help refuel the blood and platelet supply, all who donate blood now through July 31 will receive a $10 Amazon.com Gift Card via email and will also receive automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year.
Those who donate during July will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm.
You can schedule an appointment to give blood or platelets by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.
Here’s a list of upcoming blood donation opportunities July 16-31:
7/21/2021: 11:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m., Griswold Auditorium, 401 Hubbard Street
7/22/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 1290 32nd ST
7/19/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Thornapple Covenant, 6595 Cascade Rd SE
7/21/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Hanley Christian Reformed Church, O-372 Jackson St
7/27/2021: 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., English Hills Terrace, 5179 West River Drive NE
7/27/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:15 p.m., RiverTown Crossings, 3700 Rivertown Pkwy
7/28/2021: 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Central Reformed Church, 10 College Ave NE
7/29/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Caledonia Christian Reformed Church, 9957 Cherry Valley Ave SE
7/29/2021: 2 p.m. - 6:45 p.m., American Legion Post 179, 2327 Wilson Ave SW
7/16/2021: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Grand Haven Community Center, 421 Columbus Avenue
7/16/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Central Park Reformed Church, 614 Myrtle Ave
7/19/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Loutit District Library, 407 Columbus Ave
7/19/2021: 10 a.m. - 3:15 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, 517 West 32nd Street
7/21/2021: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ, 4950 32nd Ave
7/22/2021: 11 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Central Wesleyan Church, 446 W. 40th Street
7/23/2021: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Faith Christian Reformed Church, 85 West 26th
7/23/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., City on a Hill Ministries, 100 Pine Street
7/26/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Second Christian Reformed Church, 2021 Sheldon Road
7/26/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Haven Christian Reformed Church, 541 Alice St
7/27/2021: 12 p.m. - 5:45 p.m., Harlem Reformed Church, 6854 144th Avenue
7/28/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Midtown Center, 96 W 15th St
7/29/2021: 11 a.m. - 4:45 p.m., Fairway Christian Reformed Church, 1165 44th st
7/30/2021: 9 a.m. - 2:45 p.m., Tri-Cities Family YMCA, 1 Y Drive
7/30/2021: 10 a.m. - 3:45 p.m., Intersection Ministries, 945 136th Avenue