All blood types needed to save lives [UPDATED]Published 3:42am Monday, July 15, 2013 Updated 5:44am Monday, July 15, 2013
Whether someone is among the 39 percent of the U.S. population with type O positive blood, or the 2 percent with B negative, the American Red Cross is looking for eligible donors of all types to give blood this summer to help avert a shortage.
Come to First Lutheran Church from 1 to 7 p.m. July 23 and 7 a.m. to noon July 24, 402 S. Court St. in Fergus Falls.
Those with O negative, A negative and B negative are especially urged to donate, as their blood types are often in high demand because they can potentially be transfused to both Rh negative and positive patients. O negative is the universal blood type and can potentially be transfused to any patient.
Vacations, activities, and holidays contribute to a decrease in donations during the summer, but patients don’t get a break from needing blood.