Dana-Farber Has an ‘Urgent’ Need for O-Negative Blood

The hospital currently has less than a day's supply of the universal donor blood.

Dana-Farber photo by Dana Guth

Dana-Farber photo by Dana Guth

If you’re looking for a last-minute way to do some holiday giving, consider making Dana-Farber Cancer Institute your recipient.

The hospital tweeted Wednesday that it has an “urgent” need for O-negative blood donations, and that it currently has less than a one-day supply in its stores. O-negative is especially crucial for the hospital, since almost any patient, regardless of his or her own blood type, can accept it.

Whether you have O-negative blood or not, you can contribute to Dana-Farber by visiting its Kraft Family Blood Donor Center. Donors must be at least 17 years old, 110 pounds or heavier, and in generally good health. A full list of donor requirements can be found here.

The donation center is open on Monday and Wednesday between 12:45 p.m. and  5:15 p.m., on Tuesday and Thursday from 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m., and on Friday from 7:15 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Kraft Family Blood Donor Center, 35 Binney St., Boston, dana-farber.org.