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During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment

"During Trauma Awareness Month in May, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to make an appointment to give and ensure blood is available on hospital shelves to help save the lives of trauma patients and others," said Red Cross spokesperson Natividad Lewis.

O negative red blood cells and AB plasma can be transfused into any patient, regardless of blood type, making donors with these universal blood types especially important. A single car accident victim can need as many as 100 units of blood. In trauma situations, when there's no time to check a patient's blood type, emergency personnel reach for type O negative red blood cells and type AB plasma.

Less than 7 percent of the population has type O negative blood, and only about 4 percent of the population has type AB blood. According to the National Trauma Institute, trauma accounts for approximately 41 million emergency department visits and 2.3 million hospital admissions in the U.S. annually.

Upcoming blood-donation opportunities include:

Clackamas

May 6: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m at Spring Mountain Bible Church, 12152 S.E. Mather Road

May 7: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Fred Meyer, 8955 S.E. 82nd Ave.

Gladstone

May 8: 1:30-7 p.m. at Gladstone Christian Church, 305 E. Dartmouth St.

Happy Valley

May 8: 1:30-7 p.m., LDS - Happy Valley Ward, 10300 S.E. 132nd Ave.

Milwaukie/Oak Grove

May 3: 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at OLCC, 9079 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

May 4: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Terrace Building, 12705 S.E. River Road

May 8: 2-7 p.m. at Christ the King Catholic Church, 7414 S.E. Michael Drive

May 13: 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m., St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, 10955 S.E. 25th Ave

May 13: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Bridgetown Automotive, 17855 S.E. McLoughlin Blvd.

Oregon City

May 7: 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at Fred Meyer, 1839 Molalla Ave.

May 9: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Stone Creek Golf Club, 14603 S. Stoneridge Drive

Those who donate blood or platelets by May 14 will have a chance to win one of three $1,000 gift card shopping sprees from GiftCertificates.com. Donation appointments can be scheduled by visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 800-733-2767.