The American Red Cross is asking for blood donations, citing a looming shortage caused by a drop in donations over the Fourth of July holiday.
Donations through the Red Cross are down about 8 percent over the past 11 weeks, resulting in about 80,0000 fewer donations than expected, according to Lindsay English, Red Cross spokeswoman.
Eligible donors with blood types O negative, B negative and A negative are especially needed. Type O negative is a universal blood type that can be transfused to nearly anyone who needs blood. Types A negative and B negative can be transfused to Rh positive or negative patients.
Platelet donations are also needed.
Upcoming blood donation opportunities in Columbus are:
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Drive
1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Bartholomew Count Library, 536 Fifth St.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 1, Columbus Blood Donation Center, 931 Repp Drive
To donate, call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment.