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The Red Cross will pay you to help it end a critical blood shortage

Posted at 4:25 AM, May 14, 2019

(WKBW) — The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood -- less than a two-day supply for emergency rooms, where it's often needed most. And if you have some for the organization, it's willing to pay you.

From now through June 10, all donors who come to give blood or platelets will receive a $5 Gift Card via email.

Just seven percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood. It can be transfused to patients with any blood type. Hospital staff use it when there isn’t time to determine a patient’s blood type.

Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations.