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.
JACKSONVILLE: LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is experiencing a critical shortage of O-negative blood. The center is the sole supplier of several hospitals in our area. How you can help: https://t.co/s3Sk0gfQy9 @ActionNewsJax pic.twitter.com/PZif9edmXJ— Brittney Donovan (@brittneydonovan) November 14, 2017
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