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RUTLAND — The American Red Cross and the National Football League are teaming up this January, during National Blood Donor Month, to urge individuals – especially those who have recovered from COVID-19 – to give blood and to help tackle the national convalescent plasma shortage. Right now, more donors are needed to help hospital patients.

During this critical time, the Red Cross and NFL are offering all who come to donate an opportunity to receive a special thank you. Those who come to donate blood or platelets this January will be automatically entered to win two tickets to next year’s Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles. In addition, those who come to give January 1-20, will also be automatically entered to win the Big Game at Home package for an awesome viewing experience safely at home, with a 65-inch television and a $500 gift card to put toward food and fun.

Individuals can schedule an appointment to give blood today with the American Red Cross by visiting RedCrossBlood.org, using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or activating the Blood Scheduling Skill for Amazon Alexa.

Upcoming blood drives in the Windham County area:

Bellows Falls

Jan. 21: Noon to 6 p.m., United Church of Bellows Falls, 8 School Street

Brattleboro

Jan. 23: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Winston Prouty Center, Thomas Hall, 209 Austine Drive

Jan. 29: Noon to 4 p.m., American Legion Post #5, 32 Linden Street


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