Some area hospitals have been asked to postpone or even cancel suregeries due to the shortage. O negative blood is the most precious right now since it is the universal donor type. Universal means that it can be given to anyone in an emergency.
The Menlo-Atherton Bears will be hosting a blood drive this Friday, January 18 from 8:00am-2:00pm in the Blood Vans in the front of the campus facing Middlefield Road. The Bears are looking to help their community members one pint at a time.
(Blood Centers of the Pacific is a community-based, nonprofit organization that supplies volunteer blood donations to 40 hospitals throughout Northern California. To donate blood, call 888-393-GIVE or visit www.bloodcenters.org.