Critical blood reserves are at a ten-year according to the Red Cross. The situation has become so desperate that the Red Cross and the NFL have teamed up to give blood donors a chance to win a trip to Super Bowl LVI.

The harsh reality is individuals who need life-saving blood transfusions may be turned away because there is not enough reserved blood and platelets. The Red Cross asks Danbury residents to give blood and help ensure people receive the care they need.

Make an appointment to give blood or platelets as soon as possible by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS. (1-800-733-2767)

On the website, redcross.org, Dr. Pampee Young, the chief medical officer of the Red Cross stated,

We’re doing everything we can to increase blood donations to ensure every patient can receive medical treatments without delay, but we cannot do it without more donors. We need the help of the American people.

This is not just an issue in greater Danbury, it's an issue across the country. People are dying because there's not enough blood and platelets for everyone who is in desperate need.

Those who come to give blood, platelets or plasma in January will automatically be entered for a chance to win a getaway to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. As an extra thank you from the Red Cross, those who come to donate will also be automatically entered to win a home theater package and a $500 e-gift card. Terms apply; visit RedCrossBlood.org/SuperBowl for more information.

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