Dive Into ‘Shark Week’ & Help Prevent A Blood Shortage

Dive Into ‘Shark Week’ & Help Prevent A Blood Shortage

The American Red Cross and Discovery are partnering for Shark Week and invite people to dive in to help save lives by giving blood or platelets in July. The Red Cross saw a steep drop in blood and platelet donations last month, and donors are asked to make appointments now to prevent a blood shortage this summer.

In June, the Red Cross collected approximately 12% fewer blood donations than needed – one of the largest monthly blood donation shortfalls in recent years. When less people answer the call to donate, the blood supply shrinks – and that could mean blood products aren’t ready for hospital staff to reach for in emergencies.

Thanks to Discovery, all who come to give blood or platelets in July will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive Shark Week merchandise package that includes:

  • Beach bike
  • Smokeless portable fire pit
  • Paddle board
  • Kayak
  • $500 gift card to put toward accessories

Those who come to give July 21-24 will get an exclusive Shark Week T-shirt from Discovery, while supplies last. Details are available at rcblood.org/sharkweek.

By making and keeping blood and platelet donation appointments in July, donors can connect with patients through a lifesaving gift. To book a time to give, download the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

Local upcoming blood donation opportunities through July 31:


  • 7/7/2022: 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Wayne County American Red Cross, 600 N George St
  • 7/12/2022: 1:30 p.m. – 6 p.m., Wayne County American Red Cross, 600 N George St
  • 7/13/2022: 2 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Goldsboro Worship Center Goldsboro, 900 W New Hope Rd
  • 7/15/2022: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Deeper Life Church Ministries, 900 11th St

Mount Olive

  • 7/26/2022: 1 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Town Depot, 110 West Main Street