Since announcing a national blood and platelet shortage a month
ago, thousands of donors across the country have rolled up a sleeve to help rebuild the American Red

Cross blood and platelet supply. As that generosity continues, the Red Cross is working around-the-
clock to ensure patients have access to lifesaving transfusions and must collect 10,000 additional

blood and platelet donations – over and above expectations – each week over the next month to
sufficiently meet hospital needs. Donors of all blood types are urged to book a time to give now,
especially those with type O blood or those giving platelets.
Don’t wait – patients are counting on critical care this fall. To make an appointment, use the Red
Cross Blood Donor App, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
To encourage more blood and platelet donations, the Red Cross is offering new incentives to donors over
the next month. All who come to give Oct. 21-Nov. 9 will receive a $10 gift card by email to a restaurant
merchant of their choice to enjoy lunch on the Red Cross. They’ll also be automatically entered to win a
$5,000 gift card. There will be three lucky winners – one chosen at random each week. Details are
available at

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