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Blood Center only needs O-negative blood

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The Texas Blood Center of Central Texas said their supply is strong after providing blood to victims of the West, Texas explosion and that it only needs new donations from people with O-negative blood.

The Blood Center delivered 230 units of O-positive and O-negative units to Carter BloodCare's Waco location to help treat the patients injured in the blast.

Currently, officials say the only need is for donations of people with O-negative blood. That is the universal blood type that can be used on a daily basis and must be replenished on a daily basis. Those with that blood type are asked to donate now.

If your blood type is not O-negative, the best way to support the Blood Center is call and make an appointment for a future date. Blood has a limited supply and it is important to replace supplies over the course of time. If too many donors give blood too soon it can unbalance the blood supply.

Donors can make an appointment at www.inyourhands.org

Basic requirements to donate blood include being at least 17-years-old, weighing at least 115 pounds and be in generally good health. Donors also need a photo ID. The process usually takes approximately 45 minutes.

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