The American Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage as the number of trauma cases, organ transplants and elective surgeries rise– and deplete the nation’s blood supply. Donors of all blood types – especially type O and those giving platelets – are urged to make an appointment to give as soon as possible to prevent further impact to patients.
3 easy ways you can help restock the shelves: 
1.    Make an appointment to give blood or platelets by downloading the free Blood Donor App, visiting or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).  
2.    Let your friends and family know there is a severe blood shortage.
3.    Invite someone to donate with you.
As a thank-you, those who come to give now through June 30 will receive a $5 Gift Card via email, courtesy of Amazon. (Restrictions apply. Click for additional information and details.)

As an added incentive, Stewart’s Shops is treating Red Cross blood donors to free pints of ice cream as part of the “Give a Pint, Get a Pint” program. During June, presenting donors at blood drives in 25 counties across Eastern New York receive a voucher for a free pint of Stewart’s Shop’s ice cream or gelato that can be redeemed at any Stewart’s Shops location.
Don’t wait – make your appointment to donate.