Red Cross offering gifts in return for blood donations

From now until Nov. 22, all donors who choose to give blood will receive a $10 gift card to a merchant of their choosing. Donating healthy blood before flu season hits will greatly help patients in need. 

Those who can donate blood during Thanksgiving, from Nov. 23-27, will get a Red Cross beanie, while supplies last. All those who come and donate between Nov. 28-Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Amazon gift card. 

The CDC predicts a serious spread of flu this year and is already reporting an early spike in cases in several states. When seasonal illnesses increase, the number of healthy blood donors tends to decrease. The American Red Cross is asking people to give now to help ensure blood is available when patients need it.

The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give now and help fight the potential impact of seasonal illnesses and a potentially severe flu season on the blood supply. Paired with busy holiday schedules, seasonal illnesses may make it harder to collect the blood hospital patients require this winter. Donors — especially those with type O blood and those giving platelets — can help bolster the blood supply now by making an appointment to give in the

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