American Red Cross launches 'missing types' campaign

WICHITA, Kan. The American Red Cross Tuesday launched its 'missing types' campaign at Wesley Medical Center as it searches for type A, B, and O blood donations.

The summertime usually brings a greater need for blood, the Red Cross says, because there is usually more trauma and less donations.

The organization says only three out of 100 people give blood, something hospitals depend on.

"Just here at Wesley, over 5,000 units of blood a year and we need to always have blood available so that we can save lives, because that's the bottom line. Blood saves lives," says blood bank medical director Dr. William Palko.

If you'd like to help fill the missing blood types by donating, you can make an appointment by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.