LA JOLLA, Calif. — The American Red Cross blood supply has dropped nearly 20% in recent weeks due to a drop in blood and platelet donations, the organization said.

To avoid a blood shortage, the Red Cross is holding blood drives in San Diego County and offering donor incentives.

Anyone who donates blood or platelets between Aug. 1 and Aug. 31 will automatically be entered for a chance to win free gas for a year, according to the Red Cross. Donors will also receive a $10 e-gift card from a merchant of their choice.

“This is a worrying trend that could soon make it more difficult for blood products to be stored on hospital shelves,” Paul Sullivan, senior vice president of donor services at the Red Cross, said in a statement. Press. “By choosing a time to donate now, donors can help pump up the blood supply for those in immediate need of life-saving care and those who depend on transfusions for treatment.”

Red Cross blood drives are held throughout the county, including La Jolla. See the list of upcoming blood drives below. Donors are asked to make an appointment before coming to a blood drive.

  • 8/10/2022: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Mission Hills Church, 400 Mission Hills Court

Solana Beach

  • 08/09/2022: 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Solana Beach Library, 157 Stevens Ave.

Seen

  • 08/10/2022: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Vista Library, 700 Eucalyptus Ave.

What you need to know about blood donation

All blood groups are required. Interested in donating? Download the Red Cross Blood Donor app, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) for more information or to schedule an appointment.

A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in.

People who are 17 years old in most states (16 years old with parental consent where state law permits), weigh at least 110 pounds and are generally in good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 and under must also meet certain height and weight requirements.

Donors can save time by using RapidPass to complete their reading and medical history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, before arriving at the blood drive.