Need for blood critical across Indiana: Centers offer fair tickets, gift cards to get donations

INDIANAPOLIS -- The need for blood continues to be at a critical level in Indiana and organizations that take donations are making an urgent plea to donors and offering perks to anyone who takes the time to give. 

The Indiana Blood Center is offering a free ticket to the Indiana State Fair to anyone who donates blood this Friday, July 27. 

The blood supplies in the state are so low at this point that the critical need is for all blood types, although type O-negative is always the highest in demand because of its universal use. 

The Blood Center accepts walk-in donors, or you can schedule your appointment online.

The four major blood types are:

  • Type A
  • Type B
  • Type AB
  • Type O

No matter where you are in central Indiana, there should be an Indiana Blood Center location nearby.

The American Red Cross is also offering a $5 Amazon gift card (via email) to anyone who donates blood or platelets between July 30 - August 30. 

To donate blood to the American Red Cross you can download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information on donation locations. 

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