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Red Cross makes it easy and rewarding to save lives this holiday season
Blood donors to receive $5 Amazon.com gift cards

The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to be a lifeline for patients in need this holiday season by making an appointment to give blood. While helping to save lives is likely motivation enough, those who come out to give blood between Nov. 18 and Dec. 18 will also receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email, courtesy of Suburban Propane, the Red Cross announced in a press release.

Below are three other reasons to give blood, according to the release.

• It's quick and easy to find a convenient blood drive. Search by ZIP code and make an appointment to donate using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, online at RedCrossBlood.org, by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

• Donors can save time by completing a RapidPass®. The entire donation process only takes about an hour, but donors can save time with RapidPass. Pre-donation reading and health history questions can be completed online to save about 15 minutes.

• Donors will get important health information. Donors receive a mini-health screening to help determine eligibility that includes blood pressure, pulse and hemoglobin readings. First-time donors will also find out their blood type soon after donating.

"As schedules fill with holiday parties, shopping and fun with friends and family, many blood donors delay giving," the release states. "Unfortunately, that may lead to delays in treatments for patients relying on blood. Right now, there is a critical need for type O blood donors."

In addition to the Amazon gift cards, those who give blood between Nov. 27-30 will receive an exclusive long-sleeved T-shirt, while supplies last.

More information about the gift cards can be found at RedCross-Blood.org/Thanks.



How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information.

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver's license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.







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