Mar 5, 2006

O-Negative Blood In "Critical" Demand, Says Red Cross


(Toledo, OH) The Toledo branch of the American Red Cross announced yesterday that the need for O-negative blood is at a "critical" level, and the organization is calling on Toledoans to donate blood.

WTOL reports that the Red Cross had had to import O-negative blood from as far away as Boise, ID.

O-negative donors - as well as all other blood types - can donate at the Red Cross offices Sunday from 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM, and the office is located at 3510 Executive Parkway in West Toledo.

The Western Lake Erie Region collects blood for patients in 23 hospitals in the area. To donate blood a person should be at least 17 years old, have a weight of at least 110 pounds, and be in good health. The Red Cross also requires valid photo ID at the time of donation.

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Now I almost feel guilty...I have O- blood, but I'm probably too far away to donate. Plus, donation facilities usually turn me away for too-low blood pressure.