Although there has been a great response to the American Red Cross's emergency call for blood and platelet donors, there's still a critical summer blood shortage. The supply of needed blood is constantly in need of replenishing and, with your help, they can do it.

Starting July 26 through August 31, if you donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross, you'll be mailed a $5 Target eGiftCard. Go to RedCrossBlood.org to schedule your next appointment or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Doing one of these two things will speed up the time it takes to donate blood. Make sure you know your health history because you will have to fill out a questionnaire about it.

Did you know that the American Red Cross is a nonprofit organization that supplies nearly 40 percent of the nation's blood. Click the link below to find a donation site near you.

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