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Blood supply critically low in DC region

Giving blood does not take much time. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

WASHINGTON — The local blood supply is getting dangerously low, so the American Red Cross is offering a sweet reward for anyone who donates by Aug. 31.

Donors of all blood types will receive a $5 Amazon gift card claim code through email.

There is a drop in blood donations during the summer months as families go away for vacation.

Currently, the American Red Cross has a less than a five-day supply on hand, a critically low level.

External Communications Manager Bernadette Jay says the organization is responsible for about 40 percent of the nation’s blood supply and needs to collect more than 500 units of blood in the Washington D.C. region every day.

“Blood is not something that can be manufactured. It must be donated,” she said. “We really need donors to roll up their sleeves and help those patients that are in critical need.”

To schedule an appointment to donate, use the free Blood Donor App, visit www.redcrossblood.org/give/drive/driveSearch.jsp, or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

You can donate blood through the Inova Blood Donor Services.

Eligibility requirements:

  • All donors will be evaluated to determine if they are safe to give blood, including their overall general health.
  • Donors must be at least 17 years old in most states and weigh at least 110 pounds.

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