American Red Cross facing shortage of blood, offering gift cards to donors

HARBURG, GERMANY - JUNE 08: A woman donates blood at the blood donation service Hamburg on June 8, 2011 in Harburg, Germany. Hospitals and the Red Cross in northern Germany have appealed to the public for blood donations as a result of the current outbreak of enterohemorrhagic E. coli, also known as the EHEC bacteria. With at least 2,200 people afflicted by the infection, and approximately 500 suffering from the HUS complication from EHEC that attacks the kidneys, hospitals have seen an explosive growth in their need for donated blood plasma. The EHEC outbreak has thus far killed at least 22 people in Europe's deadliest recorded outbreak of E. coli. (Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images)

Tuesday, the American Red Cross announced it is facing a shortage of type O blood, and it is offering gift cards to donors through June 10.

The organization said $5 Amazon.com gift cards will be given to donors as a thank your helping replenish the blood supply.

Less than two day’s worth of Type O blood is currently available to emergency rooms, where it is most critical. Type O negative blood can be transfused to anybody, and the Red Cross said it’s used when hospital staff have no time to determine a patient’s blood type.

The Red Cross said donors can make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, the Red Cross website, or by calling (800) RED CROSS. Type O blood donors are encouraged to make a Power Red or whole blood donation. During a Power Red donation, donors give a single donation of concentrated red blood cells.

In addition to the gift cards, donors who give between May 24-28 will receive a Red Cross T-shirt while supplies last.

There are several upcoming opportunities to donate across North Alabama.

Colbert County

  • June 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Muscle Shoals Parks and Recreation Center, 1000 Gattman Park Dr.

Lauderdale County

  • May 21 from 1-6 p.m. at Florence Fire and Police – Battle of the Badges, 702 S Seminary St.
  • June 5 from 1-6 p.m. at the Rogersville Fire Department, 36 Wheeler St.

Madison County

  • May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11, from 12:45-7:15 p.m. at the Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd. SW
  • May 15, 22, 29 from 10:45-5:15 p.m. at the Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd. SW
  • May 16, 29 from 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Cook’s Pest Control, 2007 Southpark Blvd SW in South Huntsville
  • May 17-19, 24-27, 31-June 2, 7-9, 14-15 from 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m at the Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd. SW
  • May 20, June 3, 10 from 12:45-7:45 p.m. at the Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd. SW
  • May 23 from 2-7 p.m. at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church, 1418 Old Railroad Bed Road
  • June 5, 12 from 8:15 a.m.-2:45 p.m. at the Huntsville Blood Donation Center, 1015 Airport Rd. SW
  • June 15 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. John’s Catholic Church, 1055 Hughes Road

Morgan County

  • May 17 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bed, Bath and Beyond, 1801 Beltline Rd., Suite 410 in Decatur
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