The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. As a thank-you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood or platelets now through June 10 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical.

Upcoming blood drives are in Shelbyville on May 28 from noon to 4 p.m. at Hawthorne Inn, 1111 West North 12th St. and in Stewardson on June 4 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Stewardson Community Building, 108 Pine St.

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