The American Red Cross is asking donors to help prevent a summer shortage of blood. Donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment now, especially those with types O negative, B negative and A negative.
Type O negative is universal and can likely be transfused to anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to patients with either Rh positive or negative blood. These blood types are the most in demand and the first to run out if there is a shortage.
To encourage more people to make time to donate blood before and after Independence Day, all presenting blood donors from June 30 through July 7 will receive a commemorative Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.
Here are some opportunities to give blood:
• 1:30 to 6 p.m. July 1, Christ Lutheran Church, 3401 S. Dixon Road.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 8, St. Joseph Hospital, 1907 W. Sycamore St.
• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 12, First Friends Meeting, 1801 Zartman Road.
• 2 to 7 p.m. July 14, First Baptist Church of Denver, 111 N. Yorick, Denver.
To donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age, weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.