Red Cross offers Amazon gift cards for blood donations

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Donor squeezes a stress ball while donating blood at Red Cross Blood Donor Center, Princeton, New Jersey/

The American Red Cross is offering incentives to give blood this month.

Beginning on World Blood Donor Day (June 14), the organization will provide donors with a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email from now until June 30.

In addition to seeking donations, the Red Cross will end its testing for COVID-19 antibodies when blood donations are collected on June 25.

“Testing may show possible exposure to the virus or whether a donor has developed an immune response to vaccination,” read a statement from the American Red Cross. “The conclusion of Red Cross antibody testing represents a new, hopeful phase as the nation continues to journey out of this pandemic.”

According to the statement, anyone donating who has received a COVID-19 vaccination should know the name of their vaccine’s manufacturer to ensure eligibilty.

Individuals with all blood types are being asked to give — especially those with type O blood. Appointments can be made by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor app, at RedCrossBlood.org, or by contacting 1-800-733-2767.

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