Red Cross faces shortage of O negative blood

WICHITA — The American Red Cross says its supply of type O negative blood has dropped to critically low levels.

While all blood types are needed, the Red Cross is urging donors with O negative blood to make and keep appointments in the upcoming days to help restore the supply.

The Red Cross said a shortage of O negative blood often occurs during the summer months when fewer donors are giving because of vacations.

The Central Plains Region provides blood to more than 100 hospitals in Kansas and northern Oklahoma. It needs 500 people to give blood and 40 to give platelets each weekday to meet the demand.

To make an appointment, donors can call 800-RED-CROSS or visit