Due to an increased number of trauma patients in local hospitals, there is an immediate need for O-negative blood. Kenda Burnham, Donor Recruitment Director for the Oklahoma Blood Institute in Tulsa, says they’re down to less than a one day supply. There’s also a higher need this time of year because of travel, vacations, and storms. Burnham says O-negative is the universal blood type and can be given to anyone in need to help stabilize them.
In addition, the summer campaign is underway, so anyone who donates to the Blood Institute through August 30th will receive two admissions to Safari Joe’s Water Park and a t-shirt.