PINELLAS COUNTY Ė There is a critical need for O negative, A negative and B negative blood types, according to officials at Florida Blood Services.
One blood donation can help save the lives of up to three patients. It is estimated that nine out of ten people who live to age 70 will require a blood transfusion.
Generally, healthy people age 16 or older, who weigh at least 110 pounds, can be blood donors. Photo identification is required.
Florida Blood Services has 13 donor centers open various days and hours throughout the Tampa Bay area.
In addition, Florida Blood Services has a fleet of bloodmobiles stationed at various sites almost every day. Prospective donors may call 1-800-68-BLOOD (25663) or visit www.fbsblood.org for information.