Brigham, MA - Brigham and Women’s Hospital is immediately looking for blood donations. The hospital is requesting that you donate to its Kraft Family Blood Donor Center as soon as you can. They are in need of Type O negative blood specifically.

Appointments can be made one of three ways.

-          Send an e-mail to [email protected] to schedule at your earliest convenience

-          Call and speak with a representative at 617-632-3206 to schedule your appointment

-          Walk into the donor center located at 35 Binney St. in Boston, Massachusetts

The Kraft Family Blood Donor Center does have a few ‘rules,’ so to speak, regarding who is donating blood for this event. To donate blood, you should be at least 17 years old and weight over 110 pounds. Please do not give blood if you are not in good health.

Also, you should not be donating blood for this cause if you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant. If you have had a recent dental procedure, you should avoid giving blood, too. This includes routine cleaning within the past 48 hours. If you have traveled to a malaria-risk country, your donations will not be accepted. Lastly, if you have felt sick within the past 72 hours, medical personnel will not accept your offer to donate.

The Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center would greatly appreciate it if you could make your way down to the center at your earliest convenience. Type O negative blood is the blood type that is used most often, due to its ability to form with any other blood. Emergencies surgeries, and many other instances use Type O blood to help people who have lost blood.

Keep in mind, you should not have unwanted substances in your bloodstream when donating. This includes illegal drugs, marijuana, and alcohol. If you are unsure whether a specific drug can be in your system at the time of donation, ask one of the medical professionals on site or over the phone before you head on down.