MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Lifeblood is asking for donors to help stabilize the community blood supply, which goes to local hospitals and trauma centers.
There is already a critical shortage of O-negative blood, and there will likely be shortages of all other blood types soon.
Lifeblood says the problem is simple: the need for blood is high, but donations are historically low.
A month-long blood drive called Donor Fest is happening until July 3 at all Lifeblood donor centers and mobile blood drives.
Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh 115 lbs., and be in generally good health.
During Donor Fest, donors can either receive a t-shirt or have a contribution made in their name to the Mid-South Transplant Foundation, Sickle Cell Foundation, American Cancer Society, or Lifeblood.
For a listing of public blood drives in June or to locate the nearest Lifeblood donor center, visit lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.