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American Red Cross gives out gift cards to gain blood donors

This summer they are experiencing a critical level of blood shortages

Posted: Jul 31, 2018 5:40 PM
Updated: Feb 14, 2019 11:46 AM

The American Red Cross of North Alabama are now giving out gift cards to those who donate their blood.

This summer they're experiencing a critical level of blood shortage. They're hoping the $5 amazon gift cards will bring back old donors and bring in new ones. Kris Anderson with the American Red Cross told WAAY 31 there's a higher need for blood because accidents increase. This is personal to Anderson because when she was a cancer patient, someone's blood saved her.

"I learned today that we have a critical need for plasma here and that's a process that takes about 2 hours of a donor's life to come in and give plasma. That's what I received and that's what kept me alive to perform the surgeries for the next phase of my treatments," said Khris Anderson.

The American Red Cross hope donors come back once school starts back and people are not on summer travel.

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