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Emergency shortage: Red Cross blood inventory lowest since 2015

Posted September 27, 2021 10:42 a.m. EDT
Updated September 28, 2021 9:57 a.m. EDT

The American Red Cross desperately needs more blood donors.

On Monday, the American Red Cross said it is experiencing an emergency blood and platelet shortage. All blood types are needed, especially type O and platelet donors.

Anyone who donates through Sept. 30 will receive a limited-edition, football-inspired Red Cross T-shirt plus a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips. People who donate in October can get free Zaxby's or a free $5 gift card.

According to the American Red Cross, a sharp drop in blood donor turnout has contributed to the lowest post-summer blood inventory level in six years, with less than a day’s supply of certain blood types in recent weeks.

You can make a donation by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

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