Type O blood donors needed

The American Red Cross is asking all healthy Type O donors to come and donate blood at a special blood draw from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at United Lutheran Church located at the corner of Fifth and Dakota streets.

  A donor need to be in good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and is at least 16 years of age. A form of identification is required to donate blood, such as a blood donor card or a driver's license.

Sixteen-year-olds are now able to donate blood. They must bring a signed American Red Cross Parental/ Guardian consent form with them to the blood drive.  

If you have blood types O positive, O negative, A negative, or B negative, you can qualify for donating double red cells. Qualifications for these donors have changed. A male donor must be at least 5-feet, 5 tall and weigh 130 pounds or more. A female donor must be at least 5-5 tall and weigh 150 pounds or more.

  Red cells are extremely important. They are the component of blood in greatest demand after blood loss from trauma or surgery. With a double red cell donation, you give twice as many red cells each time you donate.