ST PAUL, Minn. — Memorial Blood Centers is urging Minnesotans to consider blood donations right now, especially over the MEA school break.

In a news release, Memorial Blood Centers said there is currently less than a one-day supply of most blood types, making it a challenge to fulfill the blood supply needs for hospitals. Type O blood, especially O-negative blood, is always in demand, since it can be given to anyone with any blood type.

Memorial Blood Centers is encouraging donations of all blood types, but especially type O blood, when it hosts its "Just for Os" blood drive on Friday, Oct. 18. The drive runs from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Memorial Blood Centers' St. Paul donor center at 737 Pelham Blvd.

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Eligible donors must be at least 17 years of age (or 16 with written parental permission), in good health, free of antibiotics for the past 24 hours, and symptom-free for at least three days after a cold or flu.

More information can be found on the Memorial Blood Centers website.

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