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FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center is extending hours this week due to a critical shortage of type O blood.


The center currently has less than a two-day supply of type O-positive and O-negative blood. A few trauma patients can deplete the center’s entire on-hand supply.


Type O-negative blood is the universal blood type and is what emergency rooms use when there is no time to determine patient blood type.


Type O-positive blood can be transfused to any positive blood type patient and is also critical in trauma situations.


Located at 3357 Village Drive, Suite 150, the center’s hours this week are:


•              Tuesday and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

•              Wednesday and Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Bloodmobiles will be at the following locations this week:


•              Hoke Hospital: Tuesday, June 18, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

•              Fayetteville Technical Community College: Wednesday, June 19, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

•              Cumberland County Department of Social Services: Thursday, June 20, from 1 to 4:30 p.m.

•              The Fayetteville Observer: Friday, June 21, from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.


There is a nationwide shortage of type O-positive blood. The Blood Donor Center cannot purchase blood and relies on local blood donors. Donated blood stays in the community and helps saves lives in Cumberland, Bladen, Hoke and Harnett counties.


For more information, please call (910) 615-LIFE or visit www.savingliveslocally.org. Donors will receive a T-shirt!