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Red Cross offers incentives for blood donations

by Joe Gamm | May 10, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
In this June 2011 News Tribune file photo, a donor gives blood at the Red Cross office in Jefferson City.

People who donate blood later this month will receive a chance to win a travel-trailer camper.

American Red Cross is giving out $10 gift cards to donors who give blood through May 19. The Red Cross is automatically entering those donors for a chance to win the camper, which sleeps eight. More details can be found at the Red Cross website.

People who give blood at any Red Cross blood drives May 20-31 will receive a 20-ounce Red Cross aluminum water bottle and customizable sticker set while supplies last.

"Unfortunately, the need for blood doesn't take a summer break. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood and platelets for patients with blood disorders, trauma victims and those experiencing difficult child births," a Red Cross news release states.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood, platelets or plasma, download the Red Cross blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-733-2767.

In Jefferson City, donate 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Sundays at Jefferson City Blood Donation Center, 3230 Emerald Lane.

Other hours at the center are:

• 11:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m. (7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. May 30) Mondays.

• 8:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Tuesdays.

• 11:45 a.m.-6:45 p.m. Wednesdays.

• 10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 19.

• 7:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Fridays.

• 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Saturdays.

Other opportunities to give blood may be found at the following sites:

• 1-5 p.m. May 17 at N.H. Scheppers Distributing, 2300 St. Mary's Blvd.

• 1-6 p.m. May 19 at First Baptist Church, 301 E. Capitol Ave.

• 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 20 at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, 930 Wildwood Drive.

• 9 a.m.-2 p.m. May 23 at the Missouri Division of Professional Registration, 3605 Missouri Blvd.

• 2-6 p.m. May 23 at Jefferson City Elks Lodge 513, 901 Ellis Blvd.

• 1-5 p.m. May 26 at American Legion Post 5, 1423 Tanner Bridge Road.

• 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. May 27 at Missouri River Regional Library, 214 Adams St.

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