The American Red Cross needs blood donors.
The agency said the local blood supply has dropped to critically low levels for blood types O positive, O negative and A negative.
"Overall, blood donations are down in the first five months of 2012, compared to the same period last year. As a result, there is almost half the amount of readily available blood in the Red Cross inventory at this point in time," said Daphne Mathew, communications manager.
Eligible donors with types O positive, O negative, B negative or A negative blood are encouraged to double the difference their donation can make by donating via the innovative double red cell technology.
In order to donate you have to be 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be in generally good health. High school students and other donors 18 years old and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements. You can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to redcrossblood.org for more information and to make a blood donation appointment.
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