The shortage continues: Red Cross desperate for blood donations

Every two seconds, a person in the U.S. needs blood. The American Red Cross is struggling to keep up with demand.

The organization reached a critical blood shortage in the beginning of July and sent out an emergency call for blood donations.

Currently, the Red Cross has less than a five-day supply of blood on hand, which is the minimum of an acceptable stockpile.

The Red Cross urges any acceptable donor to give blood at a local blood bank. Between July 25 and August 31, all blood and platelet donors will receive a $5 Amazon gift card code.

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