The winter weather doesn't just have us all thinking about warmer temps and sunshine. For those who rely on blood donations, there's a real concern during these cold and snowy months that the life-saving supplies of blood needed to help folks will get too low.

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Jennifer Costa, Regional Communications Director of the American Red Cross Northern New England Region, says it's hard, this time of year for blood donations, because of the challenge Maine's weather can present.

"Spring is close, but February often brings unpredictable winter weather that can cause blood drive cancellations and make it difficult for donors to make it to their appointments safely."

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So this month, the folks from the American Red Cross are trying to sweeten the pot a bit. And they've come up with a little thank you, and a chance at a big prize for those who decide to give the gift of life.

"In thanks for helping keep hospital shelves stocked, all who come to give in February will get a $10 Gift Card by email, thanks to Amazon. Those who come to donate this month will also automatically be entered to win a trip for two to Clearwater Beach, Florida."

You can click here for more details on that prize.

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If you've never done it before, donating blood is a pretty easy thing to do.

You can donate blood regardless of your blood type. They need it all.

You can reach out and set up an appointment by downloading the Red Cross App, going to the website or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767.

hand giving red heart for help blood donation hospital or healthcare concept.

If you have a blood donor card or a license, they'll use that to check you in when you arrive. Then it's a quick check that you're in good health, and you meet the height and weight requirements and you're good to go to give the gift of life!

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