LIMA — To encourage people to give blood and help alleviate the recent blood supply shortage, the American Red Cross is offering a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email to anyone who donates blood or platelets from July 30 to Aug. 30.
While the Red Cross is looking for all blood types from donations, there is a particular need for type O. Type O positive is important because it is the most transfused blood type and it can be transfused into patients with any Rh-positive blood type. Type O negative is important because it’s the universal blood type, which means it can be given to people with any blood type. It’s the blood type doctors use when there isn’t time to type match a patient during emergencies.