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|LifeShare asked to help after Ford Hood incident; donations sought|
LifeShare Blood Centers, a member of an organization of community blood centers that shares blood resources in time of need, is calling on local residents to donate blood to assist those who were injured in Thursday's shooting at Fort Hood, Texas.
Twelve people were killed and and 31were injured in the shooting at the Army base.
LifeShare Blood Centers has been contacted and asked to assist by providing O negative blood. However, at this time LifeShare has no excess of O negative blood.
O blood donors are universal donors and their blood is most often used during traumas. Therefore, it is often in short supply.
Type O donors make up about 45 percent of the population.
O negative donors make up about 7 percent of the population.
People who are blood type O, are a universal donors.
LifeShare Blood Centers encourage all universal donors that are eligible to give blood to give now and often.
Please contact your local LifeShare Blood Centers at 322-4445 or visit www.lifeshare.org and schedule your blood donation request online.
Potential donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds, feel well and healthy at the time of donation, and eat a well-balanced meal with increased fluid intake prior to donation, know the names and doses of any medications taken, and the reasons for taking the medications. Identification must be presented at the time of donation.