LONDONDERRY — “People should know there’s always a need for blood,” said Reed Clark, a Londonderry Rotarian and blood donor for over 72 years.

Londonderry Rotary Club hosted a blood drive on July 23 for the Red Cross. The organization sent out an advisory in early July about a critical blood shortage, that continues. 

To help address the current emergency blood shortage, all who come to give blood or platelets with the American Red Cross July 29 through Aug. 29 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Currently, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of most blood types available and less than a two-day supply of type O blood, according to statement from July 29.

Individuals can schedule an appointment to give now by activating Amazon’s Alexa Red Cross Blood Skill by saying, “Alexa, find a blood drive,” or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

“We are grateful to Amazon for their support in addressing a ‘Right Now Need’ for blood donations,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services in a statement. “Each donation truly matters to those counting on blood products to battle illness and injury. Today, we are asking the public to donate as soon as possible to ensure blood is available on hospital shelves for those in need.” 

Clark began donating blood in 19447 because his blood type is the most rare kind, AB negative. At the time, he was at a hospital with no intention of donating. But the hospital had a patient who needed an AB negative blood transfusion and since it's so rare, the hospital had none in storage. Reed responded to that need and volunteered then for the first time and has continued to many times after.

Other members of the Rotary, including President Ray Adams and Mike Dolan were also present at the blood drive.

The event was a great success, according to organizers. With 25 appointments and five walk-ins, the Red Cross was able to collect about 30 pints of blood. 

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