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Giving blood could win you a trip to Super Bowl LIV

Posted at 8:57 AM, Jan 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-06 10:04:02-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — The American Red Cross is facing a critical blood shortage because the holidays keep everyone busy and donating less. If you needed an extra reason to make time for an appointment, one lucky winner could win a trip to the Super Bowl.

The Red Cross currently has less than a three-day supply of Type O blood, which is considered the universal blood type. During the holidays, there were about 500 fewer blood drives hosted than are required to meet patients' needs.

It's often challenging around the holidays, especially with a record-number of travelers this past year.

As an added encouragement, the American Red Cross partnered with the NFL for donors to be automatically entered to win a trip to Super Bowl LIV in Miami.

One lucky winner will receive two tickets to the game, the NFL Tailgate, tickets to the Super Bowl Experience at the Miami Beach Convention Center, round-trip airfare, three-nights at a hotel and a $500 gift card. The contest ends on January 19.

Donors are urged to make an appointment using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Click here to find a donation center nearest you.