Facing type O blood shortage, American Red Cross offering Amazon gift cards for donations

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The American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of type O blood. 

The organization is currently offering all donors who come in to give blood or platelets a $5 Amazon gift card via email.

The offer is good through June 10.

The Red Cross says they currently have less than a two-day supply of type O blood for emergency rooms.

It’s the most needed blood type in hospitals. 

For information on how to donate, make an appointment using the Blood Donor App, at or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

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