For the first time in over a decade, the U.S. continues to experience the worst blood shortage.  Sue Thesenga with the American Red Cross of Minnesota says we’re in the midst of a perfect storm:

“The threat of winter weather continues as well as the complications posed by these new (COVID) variants that are coming out. These all go to further complicating these efforts to rebuild the blood supply.”

Thesenga says many hospitals are also postponing some elective surgeries until the blood supply levels out. She adds, if you donate blood or platelets during the month you will receive a 10-dollar Amazon gift card.