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Blood levels critical for two types

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -  Blood donations for two blood types have fallen to critical levels and the cold weather isn't helping.

The beds were empty Monday at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center in Albany. Managers say the number of donors slowed significantly during the holidays and haven't picked up during this cold spell. They're asking those with B-negative and O-negative blood types to make a donation.

"We have a day of each on hand to provide for our patients so we are in desperate need of more donors to come out especially the O-negative and the B negative type donors," said Lena Thomas, American Red Cross Team Supervisor.

Organizers say if levels continue to fall, elective surgeries could be postponed. Once a quick medical history is taken, it only takes about 15 minutes to make a donation. Donation Centers like the one on Dawson Road are open five days a week, but to find a donation drive in your area, log onto this web site

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