CBB plans blood drives with a chance to win

Community Blood Bank is running short on universal donor (O-negative) blood and will be giving away tickets to ride.

The blood bank will hold two blood drives next week — from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Holy Redeemer Center, Russell Street, Warren, and from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 17, at Youngsville Fire Hall, East Main Street, Youngsville.

All donors will be entered to win four admission tickets to an an amusement park of their choice (up to $300 value).

“We know cabin fever has built up all winter long and we are all itching for those summer months,” Community Relations Specialist Jaclyn Seymour said. “What a great opportunity for a chance to win tickets to an amusement park to get in the summer spirit. But, more importantly, you are saving lives.”

The blood bank is currently experiencing a critical shortage of type O-negative blood and a shortage of type O-positive.

People with any blood type (A, B, AB, and O), positive or negative, can receive type O-negative blood. Type O-negative donors are universal donors.

Type O-positive donors can give to about 84 percent of the population — anyone with positive blood.

“The Community Blood Bank of northwestern Pennsylvania and western New York is the exclusive blood supplier to Warren General Hospital,” Seymour said. “When you donate with the CBB, you are saving lives in your local community.”

Donors must be in generally good health, be at least 17 years old (16 with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds, and have no new tattoos nor body piercings in the past 12 months.