American Red Cross of Michigan is putting out the call for O Positive and O Negative blood.

In a Tweet June 9, The Red Cross says hospital demand for Type O blood has outpaced donations.

Anyone with Type O blood who is able is encouraged to make a donation as soon as possible. You can make an appointment here.

If you've ever wondered why Type O blood seems to be in high demand, Type O Positive blood is the most common blood type and and Type O Negative is the universal blood type.

According to The Red Cross,

O negative is the most common blood type used for transfusions when the blood type is unknown.  This is why it is used most often in cases of trauma, emergency, surgery and any situation where blood type is unknown.... Type O positive blood is given to patients more than any other blood type, which is why it’s considered the most needed blood type. 38% of the population has O positive blood, making it the most common blood type.

Here are some upcoming blood drives in the area:

  • June 15, 11:00 AM - 03:45 PM English Hills Terrace, 5179 West River Drive NE, Comstock Park
  • June 17 11:00 AM - 4:45 PM American Red Cross West Michigan, 3886 Broadmoor Ave SE, Grand Rapids
  • June 18 12:00 PM - 5:45 PM Rivertown Crossings Mall, 3700 Rivertown Parkway, Grandville
  • June 28 11:00 AM - 3:45 PM Northlawn United Methodist, 1157 Northlawn St. NE, Grand Rapids

Those who donate blood to American Red Cross of Michigan June 14-30 will get a $5 Amazon gift card via email as a thank you.

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