The American Red Cross is urging blood donors to give now, as the holidays and impacts of seasonal illnesses are expected to cause a strain on the nation's blood supply.
Blood banks often struggle to provide the blood hospital patients need. Donors of type-O blood and platelets are especially needed, the organization said.
To sweeten the deal, if you donate from now until Dec. 15 at a Red Cross-affiliated center, you be sent a $10 Amazon gift card by mail.
Click here to find a center and make an appointment near you. As of Nov. 28, there are at least six Red Cross-affiliated blood drives in the Baltimore area.
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