Red Cross declares critical blood shortage

Stock Photo: A gentleman gives blood.
Stock Photo: A gentleman gives blood.

Posted by: Carrie McCurdy

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The American Red Cross Alabama is declaring an emergency appeal for blood donors as levels for Type O negative blood dips to a critical level.

Type O negative blood is always in high demand because it can be transfused to patients with any blood type. This rare blood type is crucial for patients in emergency situations, so donors are needed to help prevent the blood supply from dipping any lower.

"While all blood types are needed during the critical summer months, we urge those eligible donors with O negative blood type to make and keep appointments to give blood this summer," said Mark Beddingfield, CEO of the American Red Cross Alabama and the Central Gulf Coast Blood Services."You can make the difference between adequate blood supply and a summer shortage."

Eligible donors who are 17 years of age, meet the height and weight requirements and who are generally in good health are urged to donate blood.

For more information, or to locate a nearby blood drive, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit

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