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Blood center at 'emergency levels,' needs your help

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SPOKANE, Wash. -  The Inland Northwest Blood Center (INBC) is asking for your help to improve their blood supply. The center says it's in desperate need of donations from people with type O-Negative and O-Positive blood, because they do not have a safe amount of either type.

INBC says blood supply has reached critical levels for O blood types, and they only have 10 percent of the needed supply. In order to reach a safe blood supply, the center says it needs more than 500 eligible donors this week.

O-Negative blood is the universal blood type, meaning anyone can receive it in emergency situations where there is not enough time to match a patient's blood type. O-Positive is the most common blood type, so it's usually in high demand.

INBC is the only supplier of blood to area hospitals, and the center needs an average of 200 blood donors every day.

Due to the shortage in O blood types, the INBC is opening its Spokane Center Thursday, Jan. 1 from 7 am - 3 pm. INBC encourages making an appointment to donate, but walk-ins are also acceptable.

Donation centers can be found in several parts of the Inland Northwest. You can see the days and hours they're open for the week of Dec. 29 - Jan. 2 below.
  • Spokane: 210 W. Cataldo Ave. (M, W, THU, F, SA 7 am – 3pm, TUE 11 am – 6 pm)
  • Coeur d'Alene: 405 W Neider Ave. (M W F SA 7 am - 3 pm, TUE 11am–6 pm)
  • Spokane Valley: Valley Hospital (M TUE F 1 pm - 6 pm W * 9 am – 1 pm)
  • Moses Lake: Samaritan Healthcare (M TUE 11 am – 5:30 pm)
  • Lewiston: 1213 21st Street (M W F 7 am - 3 pm, TUE 11am–6 pm)
  • Moscow: Gritman Medical Center (W 9 am – 1 pm)
  • Pullman: Pullman Regional Hospital (M 1 pm - 5:30 pm) 
If you're looking for even more information, you can visit the Inland Northwest Blood Center's website by clicking here.
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