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Red Cross has big plans for November in hopes of mitigating the blood, platelet shortages

MANCHESTER -- Make an appointment now -- and keep it, because there are plenty of patients out there counting on life-saving transfusions at a time when the blood supply is at its lowest point in more than a decade. That's according to Mary Brant, a spokeswoman for the American Red Cross of Northern New England, who also announced Tuesday that the agency is sweetening the pot a bit by rewarding donors "who answer the call to help" from Nov. 1-12 with the chance to win an "epic trip," while those who donate between Nov. 1-23 will receive a $10 Amazon.com gift card. "With Thanksgiving and the (winter) holidays approaching ... patients are counting on blood and platelet donors as the shortage that has significantly impacted the nation's blood supply continues," Brant said. The Red Cross has also released a list of upcoming November blood drives throughout New Hampshire. The ...

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