(Orlando, Florida – August 28, 2017) OneBlood, the local not-for-profit blood center serving the southeastern United States, announced today it is preparing to send blood to Texas and stands ready to assist until further notice.
To ensure enough blood is available locally and for Texas, OneBlood is urging all eligible donors to donate blood as soon as possible. While all blood types are needed, there is an urgent call for O negative and O positive blood, as well as platelet and plasma donations.
Devastating floods, massive destruction and continued record-setting rainfall is preventing blood centers in Texas from being able to collect blood. This scenario is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), OneBlood and other blood centers are working with Blood Centers of America (BCA) and America’s Blood Centers to provide the blood that is needed.
For more information about the national effort for blood donations to assist Texas please refer to the attached press release from the American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).
Generally healthy people age 16 or older who weigh at least 110 pounds can donate blood. Photo ID is required. For the hours and locations of OneBlood Donor Centers and Big Red Bus drives please visit oneblood.org/donate-now or call 1-888-9DONATE (888-936-6283)