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American Red Cross facing severe mid-summer blood shortage

Posted: 6:29 AM, Jul 30, 2018
Updated: 2018-07-30 19:10:46Z

The American Red Cross says there is a severe mid-summer blood shortage right now and are offering $5 Amazon gift cards to anyone who donates blood or platelets between today and Aug. 30.

While all blood types are need, type O is especially important because it is the most-transfused blood type.

You can donate whole blood every 56 days and platelet donors can give every 7 days up to 24 times per year.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in good health.

There will be a number of blood drives across the valley. Donors can find upcoming drives and make an appointment at redcross.org.