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Blood donors needed

The American Red Cross is asking healthy donors of all blood types to give blood.


The blood donations will help ensure a strong blood supply as the U.S. braces for flu season during the COVID-19 pandemic.


If you’ve received a flu shot, you can give blood. The Red Cross says there is no waiting period to give blood or platelets after receiving a flu shot as long as you’re symptom-free and fever-free.


The American Red Cross will email a $5 gift card to those who come in and donate blood between Oct. 15 and Nov. 11. Plus, those who donate in October are automatically entered to win a $1,000 gift card.


You can make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting, or calling 1-800-Red Cross.