Bonfils asking for donations with blood supply dangerously low

Blood shortage hits the Central Coast after the holiday weekend

Supplies of blood during the summer months are low and United Blood Services is in desperate need of donations right now. According to United Blood Services, the current O-negative blood supply, the universal blood type, will only last one day.

Bonfils is part of a multistate network that is facing a shortfall of 5,700 donations in July. 61,000 fewer donations than were needed were reported, prompting a call to collect more blood.

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PHOENIX- United Blood Services announced it urgently needs donors of all blood types following a serious decline in blood donations leading up to and following the Fourth of July holiday. Los Alamos residents have the chance to do just that by joining in the 2nd Annual Battle of the Badges community blood drive noon to 6 p.m. August 3 and 10 a.m.to 4 p.m. August 4 in the hall at First Baptist Church, 2200 Diamond Dr.in Los Alamos. Or you can go to their website at "vablood.org" and look for a bus or blood drive near you.

Nelson said if someone were to donate blood today, it would be too late for someone who might need the blood that very same day because it takes two to three days for donated blood to process. "But only about 10 percent of area residents donate blood".

Volunteers must be 18 years old or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.

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