O-Negative Blood Shortage Critical
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) — The supply of type O negative blood supply at the American Red Cross has dropped to critically low levels. While all types of blood are needed during the summer months, the Red Cross urges eligible donors with O negative blood type make and keep appointments in the upcoming days to help restore the blood supply. A shortage of type O negative blood occurs during the summer months when fewer donors are giving due to summer vacations and schools approaching summer break hosting fewer blood drives. Red Cross officials hope an upcoming event will encourage people to donate. The second annual Famously Hot Blood Drive, held in conjunction with the Columbia Regional Visitors Center, will take place Friday, June 24, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St., Columbia. Eligible blood donors are asked to call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and make an appointment. Donors will have a chance to win items signed by USC Coach Steve Spurrier; a pair of Delta Airlines tickets; and a $3,000 gift card.