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Blood Donation Centers Need Donors

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The Red Cross and other blood donation organizations ask people to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to help eliminate a blood shortage crisis.

Blood donation centers like the Red Cross and United Blood Services are seeing a lower percentage of blood donors. Eligible donors with blood types of "O" negative, "B" negative and "A" negative are especially needed.

Megan Winters of United Blood Services says, “During the summer months we usually see a great decline in our blood supply, so that's the time that the community as a whole really needs to pay it forward and make sure that we have the blood for our local hospitals that we're struggling to meet our needs right now with."

If you have an "O" negative blood type, that is considered the universal blood type and can be transfused to anyone. There is also a need for platelet donations an important clotting component of blood that is used for cancer patients, burn victims and bone marrow recipients.

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