OHIO, USA — Editor's note: The above video originally aired March 25, 2022.
The American Red Cross has announced its August incentives for donors to replenish a shrinking supply and prevent a seasonal blood shortage.
During the month of August, anyone who donates to the Red Cross will be automatically entered for a chance to win gas for a year, valued at $6,000. Three winners will be chosen.
All donors of blood or platelets will also receive a $10 e-gift card to redeem online from a merchant of their choice.
A decline in donations has caused the Red Cross blood supply to shrink by nearly 20% in recent weeks, according to the American Red Cross Northern Ohio Region. Type O negative blood and platelet donors are especially needed.
The Red Cross supplies about 40% of the nation’s blood to hospitals for treatment, transfusions and other needs.
Appointments are available by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS.
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