Blood Shortage

United Blood Services Meridian office is running critically low on type "O" positive and "O" negative donations. Over the years, type "O" blood has become known as perhaps one of the most important.

"They're both kind of considered universal donor units, but all the patients that we are using them on now are "O" positive or "O" negative, so it's really not "O" blood being given to some other blood types. It's just group "O" that's actually using the blood," says Christ Coffin with United Blood Services.

The local UBS office is located at 1115 on 25th Avenue in downtown Meridian. For more information call (601) 482-2482.

The local office serves more than 20 hospitals in east Mississippi and west Alabama.