Blood donors who come to give this February at American Red Cross locations will receive a $5 gift card via email, courtesy of Amazon.

Restrictions apply, with additional information and details available at

People can make an appointment to give blood, platelets or plasma with the Red Cross by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

Important COVID-19 information for donors

The Red Cross is testing blood, platelet and plasma donations for COVID-19 antibodies. The test may indicate if the donor’s immune system has produced antibodies to this coronavirus. This indication is regardless of whether an individual developed COVID-19 symptoms. Red Cross antibody tests will be helpful to identify individuals who have COVID-19 antibodies. This may help current coronavirus patients in need of convalescent plasma transfusions. Convalescent plasma is a type of blood donation collected from COVID-19 survivors. The plasma has antibodies that may help patients who are actively fighting the virus. Plasma from whole blood donations that test positive for COVID-19 antibodies may be used to help COVID-19 patients.

COVID-19 antibody test results will be available within one to two weeks in the Red Cross Blood Donor App or donor portal at A positive antibody test result does not confirm infection or immunity. The Red Cross is not testing donors to diagnose illness, referred to as a diagnostic test. To protect the health and safety of Red Cross staff and donors, individuals who do not feel well or believe they may be ill with COVID-19 should postpone donation.

Each Red Cross blood drive and donation center follows the highest standards of safety and infection control, and additional precautions – including temperature checks, social distancing and face coverings for donors and staff – have been implemented to help protect the health of all those in attendance. Donors should schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the drive. People must wear a face covering or mask while at the drive. This aligns with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention public guidance.

About blood donation

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device to make an appointment or for more information. The Red Cross needs ll blood types to ensure a reliable supply for patients. Donors must have a blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age in most states (16 with parental consent where allowed by state law), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

Blood and platelet donors can save time at their next donation by using RapidPass®. This allows donors to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive. To get started, follow the instructions at or use the Blood Donor App.

About the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Story courtesy American Red Cross.

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Published on Jan. 31, 2021

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  1. Stephen Dekoeyer February 18, 2021 at 11:29 pm

    $5. Amazon gift card is a nice incentive. How do you know who donated, and when does the donor receive the gift card?

  2. Marvin Rofsky February 4, 2021 at 12:56 am

    I have donated blood to the Red Cross for Years! I have A – blood! I don’t know where to donate! I will need transportation!

  3. Erick Gelhaus February 3, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    Are veterans who served any time in West Gerrmany, in the 80s, still barred from donating blood?

  4. Mursyid February 1, 2021 at 1:29 am

    Good idea to get people to donate blood. And, yes, I hope that the whole world can be freed from the COVID-19 pandemic soon.

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