American Red Cross facing shortage, in need of blood donors

WICHITA, Kan. The American Red Cross says it is facing a critical shortage of type "O" blood.

O-negative and O-positive are the most needed blood types, but the Red Cross says it is actually seeing a shortage of all blood types right now.

The organization says it has less than a three-day supply of all blood types, in Kansas and nationwide. That's well below where it wants to be as the Red Cross says it aims to have a five-day supply at all times.

Not having that blood can have serious consequences.

"That means maybe procedures that are scheduled maybe can't be done, or transfusions for cancer patients can't be done," says American Red Cross Account Manager Lindsay Miller. "When the blood's not there, those patients can't be helped."

If you'd like to help, you can make an appointment to donate blood at the Wichita American Red Cross Blood Donation Center at 707 N. Main Street.

You can stop by the center between 11:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. or
make that appointment online.

If you're outside of Wichita, you can find a blood drive near you at redcrossblood.org.