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Facing type O blood shortage, American Red Cross offering Amazon gift cards for donations

(WIVB-TV) --- The American Red Cross is facing a critical shortage of type O blood. 

The organization is currently offering all donors who come in to give blood or platelets a $5 Amazon gift card via email.

The offer is good through June 10.

The Red Cross says they currently have less than a two-day supply of type O blood for emergency rooms.

It's the most needed blood type in hospitals. 

For information on how to donate, make an appointment using the Blood Donor App, at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

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