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Red Cross has ‘critical need’ for blood and platelet donors after holidays

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(WKOW) -- The American Red Cross has a "critical need" for blood and platelet donors after a slow few weeks.

The organization put out a news release early Monday morning. It said it needs help replenishing the blood supply after the holidays.

During the weeks of Christmas and New Year's, about 500 fewer blood drives are hosted.

“Lifesaving medical treatments and emergencies never take a holiday,” said Paul Sullivan, senior vice president, Red Cross Biomedical Services. “Declines in donations can affect patient care. That’s why the Red Cross is encouraging eligible donors to make an appointment to give now and help those sidelined by illness and trauma.”

The Red Cross is offering a chance to experience the Super Bowl LIVE! Any donors who give blood or platelets Jan. 1 through the 19 will be entered to win two tickets to Super Bowl LIV, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare to Miami, three-night hotel accommodations at The Alexander - All Suite Oceanfront Resort (Jan. 31 to Feb. 3), and a $500 gift card for expenses.

You are urged to make an appointment to donate ahead of time by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

Rebecca Ribley

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor

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