The American Red Cross is reminding the public that the need for blood doesn’t take a break.
Blood and platelets remain at risk of running low this month, according to the organization, which said donors are crucial to helping the Red Cross avoid a blood shortage as spring begins.
Donors of all blood types, especially type O donors and platelet donors, are encouraged to make and keep appointments to donate. Participants can book a time slot by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, or calling 1 (800) RED CROSS.
When donors lend an arm this month, the Red Cross will lend a hand in return. All who come to give blood, platelets or plasma during the month of March will receive a $10 Visa prepaid card by email. Additionally, donors will also automatically be entered for a chance to win a $3,000 Visa prepaid card. Only five will be selected for the prize.
Blood donations will be accepted at the Crescenta-Cañada Family YMCA, 1930 Foothills Blvd., on March 29 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
First published in the March 23 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.