The need for blood donations, especially O negative, is extremely high, and Florida's Blood Centers, a division of OneBlood, Inc., is making a critical appeal. Due to increased blood transfusions in area hospitals, donations are needed immediately. All O negative donors are urged to contact Florida's Blood Centers as soon as possible to donate.
Because donations are needed immediately Florida's Blood Centers is urging blood donors to make an appointment, to walk into any branch location or onto a Big Red Bus as soon as possible.
O negative blood is the universal blood type - meaning any patient can receive O negative blood regardless of the recipient's blood type. O negative is critical for trauma patients, premature babies and emergency surgeries. To see our video about the importance of O negative blood donations click HERE.
O negative donors can donate at any Florida's Blood Centers location or on any Big Red Bus.
If you don't know your blood type, the best way to find out is to donate blood!
Blood donations profoundly affect the lives of patients in our community. In many cases one donation could impact or even save the lives of three patients. Generally, healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Please call 1.888.9.DONATE (936.6283) for additional eligibility questions.