CHICAGO (CBS) — The American Red Cross is asking for help dealing with the severe blood shortage.
The organization is encouraging anyone who can donate to do so. Especially people with blood type O, and those giving platelets.READ MORE: 1-Year-Old Boy, 19-Year-Old Man Shot In Gary, Indiana
Some hospitals are being forced to delay certain surgeries until blood supplies are replenished.
There is such a great need, the Red Cross is offering incentives.READ MORE: Law To Allow Permanent No-Contact Orders In Sex Convictions
Anyone who donates between July 1 and July 6 will receive a special Red Cross hat.
Those who donate between July 7 and July 31 will receive a $10 Amazon gift card, plus the chance to win gas for a year.MORE NEWS: Arab Americans in Illinois Will Finally Be Counted When They Get Their Vaccine
You can find somewhere to donate on the Red Cross’ website.