Major wreck depletes area blood supply, donors needed | Community Spirit
American Red Cross officials say our area is experiencing a blood shortage after a serious wreck in the Asheville area depleted the blood supply.
The wreck happened Wednesday night when a tractor trailer slammed head on into a church van, sending more than a dozen people, including several children, to the hospital.
Next to time, blood can be the most important thing for a paramedic. And not just any type, but O negative - the universal type that can help any patient.
The supply of O negative blood in the Asheville area was short to begin with, and with so many crash victims in need of blood, officials had to pull from other regions, including Charlotte.
Charlotte's donation of blood put the regions own stock in low supply.
The American Red Cross is now making a public plea for people to follow the example of Lori Burns and donate.
"My father had always given blood and after he had a heart attack, he couldn't, so my brother and I stepped up and started doing it then," Burns said.
"It makes me feel like what I'm doing really is making a difference, I can see it more closely."
Red Cross has extended holiday hours for people wanting to donate.
To schedule your lifesaving donation appointment, please call 1-800-RED CROSS, or visit www.redcrossblood.org. and enter your the zip code for the closest blood drive hear you.
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