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United Blood Services needs donations, particularly O-negative

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

United Blood Services is having a difficult time filling hospital orders and now they're asking for your help.

They say they are not adequately stocked to take care of the local usage and are asking for donations of all blood types, particularly blood type O negative, which they say they need the most.

Les Long, a spokesman for United Blood Services says they need for people to step up and donate.

"Only about 4 to 5 percent of the population donates blood," Long said. "Where as at least a third of the population at some time is going to use blood. This is the only thing that i know of where you just give up a little bit of your time and you absolutely become a life saving hero."

For more information, call 741-1752 or go to www.bloodhero.com to make an appointment.

The blood donation center is at 48th and University.

They're open Saturday, Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They'll be open noon to 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 16 through Thursday, Jan. 19.; 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Friday Jan. 20; and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 21.

You must be at least 16 years old to donate, be in good health and have a valid photo ID to donate.

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