WASHINGTON (WDVM) — The American Red Cross declared a national blood crisis on Tuesday, announcing that blood supply levels were at their lowest in over a decade.
The crisis has been worsened by the pandemic’s resurgence, which, according to Red Cross, has contributed to a 10% decline in overall donations and a 62% decline in blood drives held by schools. The organization has also seen a drop in volunteers who help operate blood drives.
To incentivize more people to donate, anyone who donates in January “will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles and will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card,” according to a release from Red Cross.
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