The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donations as hospitals resume non-urgent and elective procedures, increasing the demand for blood products. Blood donors are urgently needed to make donation appointments to prevent another shortage like the one that occurred at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March.

The Red Cross is thanking those who step up to help:

Now through May 31: Those who come to give will receive a free We’re All in This Together Red Cross T-shirt, by mail, while supplies last.

June 1-30: Those who come to give will receive a $5 Gift Card via email, thanks to Amazon.

To find a blood drive near you visit and type in your zip code.