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American Red Cross “Critically” Needs Blood and Platelet Donations


The American Red Cross says they critically need both blood and platelet donors following trends over the past month that have dwindled the overall supply. The Red Cross says there have also been fewer donors, about 20,000 less blood donations collected over the past month.

“Severe weather and historic travel in May contributed to fewer blood donations. According to the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), five of the busiest travel days ever happened this month and more record-breaking travel is expected all season long – a busy time when many regular donors may be unable to give.”

The Red Cross said in a release.

To help increase the number of donors, the Red Cross has teamed up with Tetris, the creators of the famous video game to celebrate their 40th anniversary. Now through June 9th, those who donate will get an exclusive Tetris + Red Cross T-shirt (while supplies last) and also be entered for a chance to win a trip for two to New York to meet Tetris creator, Alexey Pajitnov.

You can find upcoming blood drives on the American Red Cross’ website, HERE.

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