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.orgor by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).