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Red Cross Reports Massive Blood Supply Shortage, Requesting Donors

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ALEXANDRIA, VA-The American Red Cross is committed to patient care. That is why they continue to ask for blood donations. Donations can save lives, helping cancer patients, victims of car accidents, and others.

The Red Cross, according to a press release, is reporting a severe shortage and says that all blood types are needed. Those who can donate type O or platelets are encouraged to donate as soon as possible. Make an appointment by clicking HERE.

1,000 donations are needed each day to support hospitals.

There are three opportunities this month in Alexandria to give. Each participant will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card as a thank-you. See dates and times below.

7/20/2021, 2 – 7 p.m. Alexandria Chapter House 123 N. Alfred St.

7/22/2021 12:30 – 6:30 p.m. Alexandria Chapter House 123 N. Alfred St.

7/27/2021 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Alexandria Chapter House 123 N. Alfred St.

Giving right now means meeting the supply need for the rest of summer. Schedule an appointment by visiting redcrossblood.org.  You can also call 800-733-2767, use the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Besides receiving the Amazon Gift Card, those who donate during July will be entered to win a getaway for four to Cedar Point or Knott’s Berry Farm. And there’s even the chance to win free gas for a year. To learn more about that offer, click HERE.,

In most cases, donors potential donors who have received the COVID-19 vaccine can give. However, knowing the manufacturer of the vaccine is important in determining eligibility.

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Kevin Dauray

Kevin is Publisher's Assistant with The Zebra Press. He has been working for Alexandria's "Good News" newspaper since 2019. A graduate of George Mason University, he earned a bachelor's in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. He is an alumnus of T.C. Williams High School. Go Titans!

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