FAYETTEVILLE – Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center is in need of new blood donations because local blood supplies are critically low, especially type O blood.
The Blood Donor Center currently has less than a day’s supply of type O negative and less than two days’ supply of type O positive. A single trauma patient can deplete the center’s on-hand supply.
Local trauma accidents over the weekend caused the type O shortage. The center is unable to purchase blood from elsewhere due to the mass shooting in Orlando, Fla.
Blood donated to the center stays in the community, helping save lives in Cumberland, Hoke and Harnett counties. The main facility, located at 3357 Village Drive, Suite 150, in Fayetteville, is extending operating hours this week due to the shortage. The hours will be:
•Tuesday – Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Bloodmobiles will also be at the following locations this week:
•Hoke Hospital: Tuesday, June 14, from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
•Westwood Shopping Center: Wednesday, June 15, from noon to 5 p.m.
•Cape Fear Valley Medical Center: Friday, June 17, from 4 to 8 p.m.
•Smith Recreation Center: Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.