Heroes needed to give blood

Published 12:00 am Sunday, June 25, 2023

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — The American Red Cross wants everyone to enjoy a safe and fun Fourth of July, which includes ensuring a strong blood supply for patients in hospitals across the country. 

There has been a concerning shortfall in blood donations in recent weeks, and the upcoming holiday could put a further strain on donations, as millions celebrate with family vacations and seasonal activities. 

Donors of all blood types, especially those with type B negative or O negative blood are needed to make an appointment to give now to ensure blood remains available for patients this summer.

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To encourage donations, Red Cross is offering the following to those who come to give in the coming weeks: 

• All who come to give blood through June 30 will receive a $10 gift card by email to a merchant of their choice. Those who come to give in June will also be automatically entered for a chance to win a backyard theater package. . 

• All who come to give blood July 1-11 will receive an exclusive Red Cross dry bag, while supplies last.  

To schedule an appointment to donate, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).