Red Cross rewards summer blood donors

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The American Red Cross is encouraging people to celebrate the arrival of Labor Day — and the unofficial end of summer —by rolling up their sleeves and giving blood or platelets.

Those who donate between Aug. 26 and Sept. 9 will be entered to win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.

In addition, all blood and platelet donors between Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 will receive a Red Cross T-shirt.

While thousands of people answered the call for blood and platelet donations by the Red Cross earlier this summer, an urgent need remains for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood.

To schedule an appointment, call 800-RED-CROSS (800-733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org/summer.