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.
- June 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Muscle Shoals Parks and Recreation Center, 1000 Gattman Park Dr.
- 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.
- 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
- May 17 from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at Bed, Bath and Beyond, 1801 Beltline Rd., Suite 410 in Decatur