Red Cross teaming with video game maker to address blood shortage

The American Red Cross critically needs blood donors now following a concerning trend over the past month, of fewer donors giving blood. About 20,000 fewer blood donations were collected over the past month than needed to maintain the Red Cross national blood supply.

Severe weather and historic travel in May contributed to fewer blood donations. According to the Transportation Security Administration, five of the busiest travel days ever happened this month and more record-breaking travel is expected all season long – a busy time when many regular donors may be unable to give. Additionally, as the U.S. approaches what the AAA calls the “100 deadliest days” of summer for auto accidents, hospitals say it’s critical they have lifesaving blood products on hand.

The Red Cross has teamed up with Tetris, creators of the iconic video game, to celebrate their 40th anniversary and build the blood supply for patients in need. In commemoration, all who donate between May 20-June 9, will get an exclusive Tetris & Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last, plus be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to New York to meet Tetris creator, Alexey Pajitnov. 

All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, or 16 with parental consent, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.  

You can make an appointment to give now by visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS, or by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App.