If you are type O negative, you might want to consider donating blood. The area is in desperate need, according to LifeShare Blood Centers. Blood type O negative donors are critically needed as recent patient usage has increased substantially. LifeShare Blood Centers is asking all O negative donors to make a plan to give and give now.
“At least five hospitals in our service area have patients currently using O negative blood. We do not have patient details, but do know that one patient is a young female going into surgery today and another is an elderly gentleman with internal bleeding. Less than seven percent of the population is O negative making every available donor vital,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.
A decrease in blood donors during the winter weather, combined with an increased patient need, has created the critical need for O negative donors. The supply of all other blood types is also being used daily and needs additional donors for replenishment. Anyone who is unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection.
“Donors of all blood types are necessary and welcome, but the immediate need for more O negative donors is imminent,” stressed Hooper.
Give blood at a LifeShare center or at a mobile blood drive in the area.
LifeShare Donation Center is located at 1321 College Dr. in Texarkana and can be reached by calling 903.794.3173. Its hour are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. M, W, F
10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and from 8 a.m to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.
Upcoming area blood drives:
Humco, 7400 Alumax Dr, Texarkana Texas
1:30p.m. to 4:30p.m.
Options Academic School, 3201 Lincoln Dr., Texarkana, Texas
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
1710 South 4th St., Nashville, Ark.
1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Walmart Texarkana, Texas
4000 New Boston Rd., Texarkana, Texas
2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Washington State Park, Washington, Ark.
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.