United Blood Services hosts St. Patrick's Day blood drive

United Blood Services hosts St. Patrick's Day blood drive

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - United Blood Services was hoping in addition to sharing luck, patrons would share their blood on St. Patrick's Day. The organization hosted their annual "Share the Love… Share the Luck" event Saturday at the donor center in Hattiesburg.

Although all blood types were welcomed, United Blood Services says they are in need of donations from those with type O negative blood. According to officials, type O negative blood is the only kind that can be safely given to patients of all blood types.

In order to donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16-years-old, weight at least 110 pounds, and of course, be in good health. Additionally, 16-year-old and 17-year-old donors must have a signed permission slip from their parent or guardian. For those 22-years-old and younger additional requirements such as height and weight are needed to donate.

Donating ensures that patients don't have to wait for a life-saving transfusion, officials say.