This winter and first week or so of spring has been 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.
Dan Fox, Communications Director with the Red Cross, says blood is needed all of the time, but especially now.
Fox says the Red Cross always encourages people with every blood type to donate. The next Red Cross blood drives in the Riverbend are scheduled for April 1, with one at the United Community Bank in Bunker Hill, and another at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in Godfrey. To find a blood drive near you, call 1-800-RED-CROSS or to to www.redcrossblood.org