Red Cross: Type O negative blood donors needed

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The American Red Cross is asking the public to give blood or platelets during Trauma Awareness Month in May to keep hospitals prepared for all transfusion needs, including emergencies. Type O negative blood donors are especially needed right now 

Type O negative is the universal blood type and what emergency room personnel reach for when there is no time to determine a patient’s blood type in the most serious situations. 

Type O positive blood is the most-used blood type because it can be transfused to Rh-positive patients of any blood type. 

Red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body and are often given to trauma and surgery patients. Type O blood donors are ideal Power Red donors, which means they can safely donate two units of red blood cells during one donation. Now, more people are able to give a Power Red donation – the minimum height has changed to 5 feet, 3 inches for female donors.   

All who contribute to the Red Cross blood drives until May 19 will receive a $10 e-gift card to a merchant. Throughout May, those who donate will be automatically entered for a chance to win a trip for two to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game in Seattle. The getaway includes two tickets to the 2023 MLB All-Star Game, round-trip airfare, four-night hotel accommodations, a $750 gift card and more. Additionally, those who give May 20-31 will receive a Red Cross beach towel, while supplies last. 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities in the Santa Clarita Valley include: 

• May 5, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 7, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 8, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 8, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Grace Baptist Church, 22833 Copper Hill Drive. 

• May 10, 1-7 p.m., Santa Clarita Old West Masonic Lodge, 19310 Avenue of the Oaks. 

• May 12, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Santa Clarita Old West Masonic Lodge, 19310 Avenue of the Oaks. 

• May 17, 1-7 p.m., Santa Clarita Old West Masonic Lodge, 19310 Avenue of the Oaks. 

• May 18, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 22, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 24, 1-7 p.m., Santa Clarita Old West Masonic Lodge, 19310 Avenue of the Oaks. 

• May 25, 1-7 p.m., Crosspoint, 23415 Cinema Drive. 

• May 25, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 26, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Santa Clarita Old West Masonic Lodge, 19310 Avenue of the Oaks. 

• May 28, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, 22508 Copper Hill Drive. 

• May 30, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Best Buy, 26531 Bouquet Canyon Road. 

• May 31, 1-7 p.m., Santa Clarita Old West Masonic Lodge, 19310 Avenue of the Oaks. 

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