Red Cross offers blood donors a chance to win Super Bowl tickets

Amid a national blood shortage, the American Red Cross announced Tuesday that anyone who donates blood in January has a chance to win tickets to the upcoming Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles.

The organization said in a press release it currently has “dangerously low blood flow” that affects the amount of blood transfusions hospitals can administer.

The Red Cross said the pandemic has played a role in the shortfall — causing the number of people donating blood to fall by 10% and the number of blood donations in schools and universities to fall by 62%.

The organization also noted that a recent bout of winter weather around the United States is contributing to the deficit.

According to the organization, it has less than a day’s supply of critical blood types, such as Type O, and nearly a quarter of hospitals’ blood supply needs are not met.

To encourage donors, everyone who donates during the month of January will automatically win two tickets to Super Bowl LVI at SoFi Stadium.

Other prizes in the draw include access to the official NFL tailgate, tickets to the Super Bowl Experience, round-trip airfare to Los Angeles, three-night hotel accommodations — February 11-14 — and a $500 gift card for expenses.

Donors will also be automatically entered to win a ‘Big Game at Home’ home theater package and a $500 e-gift card for food on a match day.

Appointments are available on the Red Cross Blood Donor app, by visiting RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.

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