Area blood banks are continuing to experience a severe blood shortage, as hospitals respond to an unprecedented number of traumas and emergency room visits, organ transplants and elective surgeries this summer. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O and those giving platelets. The City of Richardson held an employee blood drive this week and other companies and organizations are urged to do the same.
Various incentives are being offered to thank donors. Those donating through Carter BloodCare in July will receive a voucher for free queso from Chuy’s Fresh Tex-Mex. All who give through the American Red Cross in July will receive a $10 Amazon gift card and automatic entry for a chance to win gas for a year (a $5,000 value) and a chance to win a trip for four to Cedar Point amusement park in Ohio or Knott’s Berry Farm in California.
In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccination can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine is important in determining donation eligibility.
To coordinate a blood drive through Carter BloodCare, call 817-412-5830. For walk-in appointment scheduling, visit the websites below for information.