A local and nationwide blood shortage has the Nebraska Community Blood bank calling on donors to help out.
Joyce Halvorsen of NCBB said that blood type O negative is down to a one-day supply. Halvorsen added fewer people are donating due to the hot weather, summer vacations and the 4th of July Holiday.
“O neg” Is considered the “universal donor’ since it can be given to all blood types in an emergency. Halvorsen says it's important to maintain a steady supply, especially with the approaching holiday.
NCBB is also putting on an "Arms Race" promotion to attract donors. The competition kicks off on July 2nd at 10am at the 2700 Fletcher Avenue location.
The challenge allows veterans, active duty service personnel and civilians to show their patriotism by registering to donate blood and voting for their favorite branch of the military.
During the campaign, donors are also encouraged to bring in an item for the care packages being assembled for Nebraska Servicemen and women.
"It’s the blood on the shelf that saves lives," said Halvorsen, who adds that donors should be at least 17 years of age, weighing more than 115 pounds and in good general health.
Appointments may be scheduled by calling 1-877-486-9414 or www.don8bld.org. For more information on the "Arms Race" event log on to ncbb.org