Oklahoma Blood Institute in need of type O negative blood

Oklahoma Blood Institute in need of type O negative blood

LAWTON, OK (TNN) - The Oklahoma Blood Institute is looking to up its blood supply, and they’re hoping you can help.

Right now, they’re in need of donors, especially those who are type O negative. OBI officials say that is the universal blood type.

They say it’s not unusual to see the collection go down this time of year, but the recent snow storm really slowed down their efforts.

“We’re sitting close to a three-day supply right now. We’re a little bit less than we ideally want to be. And our O-negative inventory is a little bit shorter than that. So we really need people who are o-negative, who are eligible to take the time to come see us," said Daren Coates, Vice President Western Division Operations for OBI.

It only takes about an hour to donate, but you have to be 17 or older and weigh more than 110 pounds. 16-year-olds can also donate with parents consent.

The Lawton donor center is located at 211 Southwest A Avenue.

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