United Blood Services announced today that O Negative BLOOD TYPE SUPPLY ON HAND is DANGEROUSLY LOW!  “We should have 60 pints of O negative on hand – we have 2", according to Linda Grace, Sr. Donor Recruitment Representative.  This means that if a major accident were to happen, there would not have the lifesaving blood on hand.

An adequate supply on hand of O Negative blood type is vital to our community!  It is used for trauma patients when there is not enough time to perform a blood type test, for premature babies and if you have O Negative blood type, you can ONLY receive O Negative blood.

To compound this situation, the long 4 day Memorial Holiday weekend is upon us.  MOST blood shortages occur during or after major holidays as more people are traveling and are outdoors – more accidents happen and the need for blood will go up dramatically - by as much as 100% or more!  We are already going into the weekend with an extreme shortage of O Negative blood type.

You can make a difference.  Donate at the United Blood Services Donation Center located at 2020 W. Beauregard on Friday between 8am and 1.30pm or Saturday between 9am and 1.30pm.  Donors will receive a Movie Pass, Hero in Me Points and a FREE cholesterol check.

Call United Blood Services at 325-223-7500 for more information or to schedule an appointment.  Walk-ins are welcome.