The American Red Cross Northern California Blood Services Region this week announced the agency is facing a shortage of platelet donations.
Platelets are the component of blood that causes clotting and play a vital role in cancer and organ transplant treatments as well as many surgical procedures by helping to prevent massive blood loss, according to the Red Cross.
Presenting platelet donors can enter a drawing for a 42-inch plasma television from now until Dec. 27 or a drawing for a membership to 24-Hour Fitness from Dec. 28 to Jan. 3.
Donors will also receive a pair of tickets to Cinemark Theaters on Dec. 26, 27, 31 and Jan. 2 and 3.
Red Cross apheresis donor centers are located at 6230 Claremont Ave., Oakland; 2731 N. First St., San Jose; and 140 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill.
Those interested in becoming a platelet donor can call (888) 881-0988 for more information.