The American Red Cross continues to experience an emergency blood shortage as severe winter weather has further impacted the ability to rebuild the blood supply.
Blood and platelet donors are urged to give now to help ensure lifesaving medical procedures are not delayed.
Nearly 15,000 blood and platelet donations have gone uncollected this month alone. Snow, ice and extreme temperatures have made it tougher to move vital blood products across the Red Cross network, affecting deliveries to hospitals in some locations.
Those who come to give Feb. 1-29 will receive a $20 Amazon.com gift card by email. Visit RedCrossBlood.org/Heart for details.
For more information, please see the Jan. 31 edition of the Citizen.