The American Red Cross reached out this week to ask for help promoting three blood drives in South Jersey coming up in August.

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When is the last time you gave blood? Please consider donating at one of these local blood drives, because the need is great right now.

The American Red Cross says they have an urgent need for blood donations to prevent another blood shortage as hospitals resume surgical procedures and patient treatments that were temporarily paused earlier this spring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In recent weeks, hospital demand for blood products has grown by 30% after sharply declining this Spring amid the rapidly changing and complex public health crisis.

As a extra incentive, the American Red Cross are offering $5 Amazon gift cards and a free Dunkin' medium Iced coffee and donut to all donors during these drives, as well as antibody testing for all donors.

Please help by donating blood at one of these blood drives at the following locations in Egg Harbor Township:

Praise Tabernacle
2235 Ocean Heights Ave
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Tuesday, Aug.11 from 1pm-6pm

Fresh Start Church
1049 Ocean Heights Ave
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Wednesday, Aug.12 from 2pm-7pm

Fusion Church
6300 E Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234
Tuesday, Aug.18 from 1:30pm-6:30pm