Universal blood supply in Colorado critically low

POSTED: 10:31 AM MST Dec 19, 2013    UPDATED: 05:45 PM MST Dec 19, 2013 
DENVER -

The blood supply in Colorado is at a critical low and Bonfils Blood Center is putting out an urgent call for donations.

Demand for blood in the state spiked recently and donations have tapered off. Doctors say there is a special need for donations from people with Type O negative blood because they are universal donors who are compatible with most patients.
    
The Denver Post reports Bonfils had 32 units of Type O negative blood on hand on Wednesday, compared with 100 to 200 units on a typical day.

If you have Type O negative blood and would like to donate in Colorado Springs, please visit the Bonfils donor center at 3670 Austin Bluffs Parkway, #110. More information can be found at bonfils.org.

The Colorado Springs donor center will be open additional hours on Friday, December 27, Monday December 30, and Friday, January 3. The doors will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on those days.

Santa Clause will donate blood at Bonfils in Colorado Springs this Saturday, December 21, 2013, at 2:30 p.m.