There is a critical shortage of Type O Negative blood in the Fort Wayne area, according to Shelby Norris, spokesperson for the Indiana-Ohio Blood Services Region of the Red Cross.
Type O Negative is in great demand because it is the "Universal Donor" type blood. This means that people receiving transfusions of O Negative blood should not react against the blood regardless of their own blood type.
Norris says the blood supplies traditionally run low this time of year because schools are out. Blood donations also decrease during the summer due to potential donors vacationing. Meanwhile, due to increased number of outdoor activities potentially increasing the number of accidents and the amount of blood needed, the supply is further decreased.
While O negative donations are especially needed, the Red Cross encourages all eligible donors to please consider donating blood to alleviate this shortage. Please call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org to find a blood drive and to make appointments