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Spring Into Action: Give Blood With the Red Cross

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 leading into spring.
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.
The American Red Cross will be collecting blood at Maple Park Community Center, 820 E. Maple St., on March 21, from 1-7 p.m.

First published in the March 18 print issue of the Glendale News-Press.

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