Red Cross again urges blood donations

The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to give now and help fight the potential impact of seasonal illnesses and flu season on the blood supply.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predicts a serious spread of flu this year and when seasonal illnesses increase, the number of healthy donors tends to decrease, leaving the Red Cross blood supply vulnerable to a potential shortage over the holidays.

Individuals of all blood types are urged to give blood and those giving platelets, can help bolster the blood supply now by making an appointment to give in the coming weeks.

As a thank-you, the Red Cross is offering several opportunities to donors this month:

Now until Nov. 22 receive a $10 e-gift card – Nov. 23-27 will get a Red Cross knit beanie – Nov. 28-Dec. 15 will receive a $10 Gift Card.

For more information and to schedule visit or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).