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American Red Cross encourages blood donations, tornado response

By Faith Smith, KECI Reporter, fcronin@keci.com
Published On: May 20 2013 05:10:48 PM MDT
Updated On: May 21 2013 04:03:24 PM MDT
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MISSOULA, Mont. -

NBC Montana has been talking to American Red Cross representatives. They tell us they have volunteers working across the Midwest helping folks hit by the tornado and we have information on how you can help. 

Representatives tell us with a number of disasters taking place across the Midwest, the Boston bombings and now the tornado, type O-negative and B-negative blood donations are needed.

We’re told these two blood types are universal so in the case of a medical emergency, if there's isn't time to find the person’s blood type, either of these can be used.

Right now the Red Cross is working in Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri helping to provide folks with food, water and shelter.  They also provide relief items like comfort kits, clean-up kits and fuel.

Most importantly they say blood donations are needed when folks are facing imminent danger.

Even if you're not 'O' or 'B-negative,’ the Red Cross encourages you to donate because there are still six other blood types they need.

To find the American Red Cross closest to you click here.