There is a critical need for O Positive blood donors

Due to increased use by area hospitals OneBlood, the local blood center, is urging people with O Positive blood to please donate as soon as possible.

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Christopher Gross

37% of the population has O Positive blood, making it the most common blood type. Because more people have O Positive blood than any other blood type, it is transfused more often.

Summer is a challenging time for blood donations. School is out and people are on vacation, but the need for blood does not stop.

If you do not know your blood type, donate blood and the blood center will let you know. For a list of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus blood drives click here.

Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. To learn more about the importance of blood donation and how donors can target the power of their blood type visit