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Red Cross holds “Shark Week” promotions to incentivize summer donations

 Gloved hands hold packaged pints of blood.

Blood donations typically taper off in the summer, but the need for blood and platelets doesn’t take a vacation.

Dawn Johnson with the American Red Cross Cascades Region said numbers are down significantly the past two months. To incentivize donors, she said they’re having a unique promotion.

“In correlation with Shark Week, which is coming up," she told KLCC, "we’re giving away Shark Week T-shirts, and then also donors will be able to be entered in to win a three-night New York getaway and a private shark dive.”

Johnson said giving blood takes about an hour and a donation can potentially save more than one life.

Those who donate now through August 12 will be given a chance to win the New York getaway.

Red Cross blood drive events are taking place across Oregon in the coming weeks. Here's a list of events in the area:

July 15, 2023

St. Mark C.M.E. Church, 1167 Sam Reynolds St., Eugene, OR, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

July 19, 2023

St. Charles Medical Center, 2500 NE Neff Rd., Bend, OR, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Eugene Masonic Temple, 2777 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Eugene, OR,12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

July 21, 2023

Blood Donation Center, 815 SW Bond St., Suite 110, Bend, OR, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

You can find more details on the Red Cross website, here.

American Red Cross

Karen Richards joined KLCC as a volunteer reporter in 2012, and became a freelance reporter at the station in 2015. In addition to news reporting, she’s contributed to several feature series for the station, earning multiple awards for her reporting.