The American Red Cross New York-Penn Region is still in need of blood to address a severe blood shortage.

Donors of all types are needed, especially type "O", which is the universal blood type.

The Red Cross says blood donations are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in, and right now, there is less than a five-day blood supply on hand.

“Patients don’t get a summer break from the need for lifesaving treatments, so it is critical that hospitals have access to blood products each and every day,” said Patty Corvaia, communications manager of the the American Red Cross New York-Penn Blood Services Region. “We sincerely appreciate those who have responded to the call to help save lives, but the emergency need remains. Those who haven’t rolled up a sleeve to give are urged to do so today.”

Anyone who donates blood from July 30th to August 30th will receive a $5 Amazon gift card.

You can make an appointment to donate at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1 800 RED CROSS  (1-800-733-2767).