The Monmouth County Freeholders' annual summer Blood Drive is coming soon, and all participating donors will receive an Amazon gift card!

The blood drive will be held at the County Agricultural Building (4000 Kozloski Rd., Freehold) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, July 31. The purpose of this blood drive to help reduce the mid-summer blood shortage.

And it's a nice motivator to go donate when you could get a gift card to either Amazon or Walmart (depending on your donation...see below), and teens could get TWO gift cards PLUS the chance to win an Apple Watch (but 16 yr. olds must have a parent sign for them.)

Donors that they must eat before donating. Donors must also be healthy and weigh at least 110 pounds.

“Not enough people donate blood to meet the needs of our local hospital patients,” says Freeholder Susan M. Kiley, who is the liaison to the Monmouth County Health Department. She says the blood collected will help supply area hospitals including Jersey Shore Medical Center, Riverview and Bayshore Hospitals.

Appointments are encouraged, but not necessary. If you would like to make an appointment, click here.

 Vitalant, formerly known as Community Blood Services, is offering $10 Amazon gift cards to every person who donates blood at the July 31 blood drive. High school students ages 16-19 who donate blood will receive an additional $10 Amazon gift card (which will be mailed) and be entered into a raffle for an Apple Watch. Parents must sign for 16-year-old donors at the event.

Any male donors who are AB blood types will receive a $15.00 Walmart gift card for blood plasma donations only.

The Freeholders remind you that blood donations have the power to change lives for the better. You are highly encouraged to donate blood. All equipment is sterile and disposable. Donors are able to give blood every eight weeks.

For more information about donating blood, visit www.vitalant.org.