The New York-Penn Region of the American Red Cross says there is still a critical need for blood and platelet donors.

Officials are urging eligible donors to give now to help ensure blood is available throughout the rest of the summer to meet patient needs.

“The Red Cross continues to have an emergency need for blood and platelet donors to give now and help save patient lives,” said Patty Corvaia, of the New York-Penn Blood Services Region. “We are grateful for those who have already stepped up this summer to give and want to remind those who are eligible that hospital patients are still counting on them to roll up a sleeve.”

Donors of all blood types are needed.

Anyone who donates now through August 1st will get a $5 Amazon gift card.

To schedule an appointment to donate, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1 800- RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)