MORRISTOWN, NJ – To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross now through Aug. 29 will receive a $5 Gift Card via email.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood.

When an emergency arises, it is the blood already on the shelves that saves lives. Only through the generosity of blood donors can the Red Cross provide hospitals with lifesaving blood to meet the ongoing and often, unpredictable needs of patients. The need for blood is constant. In the United States every two seconds blood is needed to help accident and burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, and those receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or sickle cell disease.

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With the help of a $1 million donation from Amazon, the Red Cross hopes to motivate donors to roll up a sleeve and alleviate the blood shortage across the country. Amazon’s partnership with the Red Cross is part of its commitment to “Right Now Needs” to help increase blood donations to ensure patient needs are met.

The Red Cross urges individuals across the country to roll up a sleeve today to ensure blood is available for patients across the country. A blood donation takes about an hour from start to finish, but the actual donation itself only takes about 8-10 minutes.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

August 25; BAPS Center, 3 Entin Road in Parsippany; 9am - 2pm

August 26; Patriots Path Headquarters, 1 Saddle Road in Cedar Knolls; 10am - 3pm

August 27; Headquarters Plaza in Morristown; 10am - 3pm

August 27; AVE, 90 Park Avenue in Florham Park; 3pm - 8pm

August 30; Jam-e-Masjid Islamic Center of Boonton, 110 Harriston Street in Boonton; 1:30pm - 6:30pm


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