Critical type O blood shortage; donors needed now

The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. As a thank you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood or platelets through June 10 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card via email.

“All blood types are urgently needed, but we’re facing a critical shortage of type O blood – the blood group most needed by hospitals,” said Cliff Numark, senior vice president, Red Cross Blood Services. “Because it’s vitally important for hospitals to have type O blood available when every second counts, type O donors are urged to donate now and make a point to donate often.”

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical.

Local blood drives include the following:

• Monday: Shawano City Hall, 127 S. Sawyer St., Shawano. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

• May 29: American Legion Hall, 135 N. St. Augustine St., Pulaski. 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Eligible donors can find a blood or platelet donation opportunity and schedule an appointment to donate by using the free Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).