Red Cross: Mid-Michigan faces critical type O blood shortage

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O-negative red blood cells wait in the refrigerator for distribution to a hospital.

When was the last time you donated blood? If you are able, now might be a good time to consider helping out.

The American Red Cross says it has a critical shortage of type O blood.

According to a statement from the Red Cross, there is less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms. Type O positive blood is the most transfused blood type and is also critical in trauma situations. 

“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. 

Donors of all blood types, especially type O, are asked to make an appointment to donate using the Blood Donor App, at Blood Donor App or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). 

In thanks, all those who come to donate blood and platelets with the Red Cross May 1 through June 10, 2019, will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities May 14-June 8:

Clinton

Ovid
5/23/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Ovid VFW-Lions Club, 214 S. Main Street

St Johns
5/23/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:15 p.m., Duplain Church of Christ, 5565 E Colony Rd
6/3/2019: 11:45 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 1108 N US 27
6/4/2019: 1 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., St. Peter Lutheran Church, 8990 Church Rd
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Eaton

Grand Ledge
5/28/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Dart Bank, 1020 Charlevoix Dr
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Ingham

Haslett
5/17/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Haslett Community Church, 1427 Haslett Road

Lansing
5/22/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Radisson Hotel, 111 North Grand Ave

East Lansing
5/24/2019: 12:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3383 Lake Lansing Road

Lansing
5/24/2019: 9 a.m. – 1:45 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw
5/25/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 1 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw
5/28/2019: 11 a.m. – 4:45 p.m., McLaren-Greater Lansing, 401 Greenlawn

Okemos
5/29/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Okemos Community Church, 4734 Okemos Road

Lansing
6/3/2019: 12 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw

East Lansing
6/4/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Fifth Third Bank Building, 2501 Coolidge

Lansing
6/4/2019: 9 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Capitol Commons Center, 400 S. Pine
6/5/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw

Williamston
6/5/2019: 1 p.m. – 6:45 p.m., St. Mary Catholic Church, 157 High Street

Mason
6/6/2019: 10:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m., St. James Catholic Church, 1010 S. Lansing Street

Lansing
6/8/2019: 8:15 a.m. – 2 p.m., Lansing Blood Donation Center, 1729 E Saginaw
 

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