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Red Cross calling for donations after facing 'critical' shortage of type O blood

Posted: 8:33 AM, May 14, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-14 08:33:11-04
Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee 2019

CLEVELAND — The Red Cross is calling for donations of type O blood after it announced it's facing a "critical" shortage of a blood group most needed by hospitals.

“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 in a news release. “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.”

The Red Cross is asking type O donors to donate blood now through June 5. Those who come in to donate will get a $5 Amazon Gift Card via email.

You can make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App , at RedCrossBlood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).