Red Cross calling for donations after facing 'critical' shortage of type O blood
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March 11, 2019.
Monroe Carell Jr Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tennessee.
Photographs from blood bank at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, blood donations at Red Cross on Monday, March 11, 2019 in Nashville, Tenn. Photo by Sanford Myers/American Red Cross
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.