With the spring break holidays just three weeks away, Imperial Valley Blood Services is encouraging anyone who can to give blood this week during the community blood drive at the Farm Bureau auditorium, 10th Street and Broadway in El Centro.
Donations will be accepted from 1 until 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday and from 8 a.m. until noon Friday. Anyone who hasn't given since Jan. 16 is eligible. Donors who gave Jan. 17 or 18 must wait until March 14 and 15 respectively to give again. First-time donors are always needed.
Blood drive coordinator Trish Burich-McNeece said there is a critical need for all blood types but especially "O" positive, "O" negative and "A" positive. "O" and "A" positive are the two most common blood types so we transfuse more of them while "O" negative is the universal donor meaning anyone can receive it," she said. "However, less than 7 percent of the population has it."