Donors with type O blood are especially needed now. The American Red Cross says O negative blood can be safely transfused to any blood type. They say it's in high demand in cases of trauma where there is no time to type a patient's blood.
In a press release, the organization says The Red Cross Carolinas Blood Services Region includes East Tennessee and provides lifesaving blood to patients in 103 hospitals. They say approximately 1,600 people need to give blood or platelets each week day to meet hospital demands. The Red Cross also says blood can be donated every 56 days.
In a press release, they revealed upcoming opportunities to donate blood to the American Red Cross:
Friday, April 19
-Unaka High School, 119A Robinson Lane, Elizabethton, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm, Call Jill Cates at (423) 474-4100
-Carter County Courthouse, 801 East Elk Avenue, Elizabethton, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Call Tracy Harris at (423) 542-1822
Saturday, April 20
- Purelife Chiropractic, 217 East Springbrook Drive, Suite 1, Johnson City, 9:00 am to 1:30 pm, Call Christina Christiansen at (423) 434-2080
-American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
Tuesday, April 23
-American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 2:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, April 24
-American Red Cross, 818 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, 8:00 am to 1:00 pm