American Red Cross encouraging people to donate blood, says there is an urgent need

(WXYZ) - The American Red Cross says is asking blood donors to roll up their sleeve and donate blood this Labor Day Weekend.

The charity organization says it is encouraging donors to give blood or platelets to ensure that there are sufficient blood supplies over the holiday weekend and beyond.

There is an urgent need for platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood.

If you donate by September 9 you could win one of five $1,000 American Express gift cards.

To make  a lifesaving donation you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-REDCROSS or go to

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