Winter is a slow time for blood donations to the American Red Cross but officials with the organization want to make sure supplies are available. When accidents occur, doctors and first-responders hope to have a healthy supply of O-negative blood. That's because it's universal, which means it can be given without having to check a patient's blood type during a life-threatening emergency.

Al Bertram with the Red Cross says blood is needed all of the time, but especially now.

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Bertram says the Red Cross always encourages people with every blood type to donate. The next Red Cross blood drive in the Riverbend is scheduled for Tuesday at the Meadowbrook Elementary School from 3-7pm.