Due to increased blood transfusions in area hospitals, the need for blood donations, especially O Negative, is extremely high.  Your community blood center is issuing a critical appeal to help patients in need. 

All first-time or dedicated donors are urged to call Northwest Florida Blood Services or visit www.nfbcblood.org  to locate a convenient blood center or bloodmobile drive location to donate as soon as possible. 

O Negative blood donors can answer the call for help as universal donors, meaning any patient can receive it regardless of the recipientís blood type.  Trauma patients, premature babies and those undergoing emergency surgery rely on O Negative type blood and it is currently at a critical level as we enter this holiday weekend.

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Call 473-3853 for more information or to make an appointment. 

If you donít 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 473-3853 for additional eligibility questions.