Only six percent of the population has O-negative blood, yet at hospital trauma centers, sometimes as much as 25% of the blood transfused is O-negative because O-negative blood is the universal blood type.
Organizers said they are hoping for O-type donors at Saturday’s drive, but all blood types are always needed and accepted.
The blood drive will run from noon-5 p.m. Saturday at the Cancer Support of Deming and Luna County office, 217 North Country Club Road.
Donors may call 575-527-1322 or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to schedule a time to donate, or walk-ins are welcome.
And donors are reminded that the Zika virus travel deferral is in effect. Anyone who has traveled to any of the impacted areas, including Mexico, the Caribbean and South America, must wait 28 days from their return to the United States before donating.