Jacksonville blood center issues emergency appeal to donors

By: Brittney Donovan , Action News Jax

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A Jacksonville blood center is issuing an emergency appeal to donors.

A spokesperson said LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is experiencing a critical shortage of O-negative blood.

O-negative donors can help anyone needing blood because O-negative is a universal blood type.

Only about seven percent of Americans are O-negative.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers supplies 100 percent of blood to the Orange Park Medical Center, Memorial Hospital and all the Baptist Medical Centers.

Anyone 17 or older, or 16-year-olds with parental permission who weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good health can donate blood. A photo ID is also required. 

For questions about hours and local blood drives, call 888-795-2707 or visit lifesouth.org.

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