The Red Cross wants you!

The Red Cross needs people to donate blood – and they are willing to pay for it. Now through August 30, The Red Cross is offering Amazon gift cards to people who donate blood, platelets or plasma. The nation is facing a severe mid-summer shortage of all types of blood; a Red Cross spokeswoman says the organization needs to collect more than 13-thousand donations a day worldwide to prevent a shortage. She says summer is a challenging time for donations because many people who usually give blood are traveling.

To thank all those who donate through Aug. 30, donors will receive a $5 gift card via email. Visit  for more info and to make an appointment.

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