The America Red Cross is being very clever this summer in luring people to get excited about donating blood. They have run various promotions over the last few months to encourage people to find a blood drive and make a life-saving donation.

Their current incentive really got an interesting summer theme. As I am sure you already know Shark Week has officially begun on the Discovery Channel and in an effort to create more awareness for donations the American Red Cross has teamed up with them to let's say chum the waters.

Discovery Shark Week Teams Up with the American Red Cross

The American Red Cross and the Discovery Channels Shark Week are asking you to find a blood drive near you and make a donation. If you do it you will receive their special edition Shark Week t-shirt while supplies last. A Map of blood drives you can go to before July 31, 2023.

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You can get this shirt by donating blood, platelets, or plasma now through July 31st. And if that isn't enough to get you headed to a donation center near you how about the opportunity to go on a shark dive?

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MEG 2 The Trench Warner Bros Pictures via YouTube
MEG 2 The Trench Warner Bros Pictures via YouTube

They are also offering a New York getaway for two with a private shark dive adventure. The America Cross Also teamed up with Warner Brothers to celebrate MEG 2: The Trench. According to the official American Red Cross website, you are eligible for the trip if you donate by August 12, 2023.

Blood is always in urgent supply this time of year and often donations are down due to people being on vacation. Now more than ever it is important to donate.

Blood Supply Statistics from the American Red Cross official website:

  • Each year, an estimated 6.8 million people in the U.S. donate blood.
  • 13.6 million units of whole blood and red blood cells are collected in the U.S. in a year.
  • About 45% of people in the U.S. have Group O (positive or negative) blood; the proportion is higher among Hispanics (57%) and African Americans (51%).
  • Type O-negative red cells can be given to patients of all blood types. Because only 7% of people in the U.S. are type O negative, it’s always in great demand and often in short supply.
  • Type AB plasma can be transfused to patients of all blood types. Since only 4% of people in the U.S. have type AB blood, this plasma is usually in short supply.
  • Red blood cells must be used within 42 days (or less).
  • Platelets must be used within just 5 days.

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