The American Red Cross in emergency need of blood donors

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HARTFORD – The American Red Cross is experiencing a major blood shortage and is asking people nationwide to roll up their sleeves and help save lives.

The Red Cross has less than a five-day supply available, and donors of all blood types are encouraged to donate.

“Every donation matters as blood is being distributed to hospitals faster than donations are coming in,” the Red Cross said.

To attract donations, the organization is awarding $5 Amazon electronic gift cards to all donors who give before August 31. In order to receive the reward, each donor must have a valid email address.

To schedule an appointment to donate call 800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org.