American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type-O blood

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January is National Blood Donor Month. The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type-O blood and an urgent need for all blood types to give blood or platelets.

Blood transfusion is the fourth most common in-patient hospital procedure in the U.S., and these blood products can only come from volunteer donors. Yet, only 3 out of 100 people in the U.S. give blood.

Right now, the Red Cross has less than a three-day supply of all blood types, and less than that of both O-negative and O-positive blood types. Eligible donors with types O, A negative and B negative blood are urged to make a Power Red donation, where available.

Today, Fox 2 held a Call Center where volunteers accepted phone calls from viewers to donate blood. Call 1-800-Red-Cros to set up an appointment to donate today or visit redcross.org

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