By MARLO BARNHART
The American Red Cross has an offer for those who play bingo for blood.
Anyone who gives blood at the Halfway Volunteer Fire Company on Thursday, July 17, from 2 to 7 p.m. will get a $5 coupon for bingo, according to Chief Jeff Ringer.
An added bonus will be a free ticket to a Hagerstown Suns game.
"We are having critical shortages of O-negative blood," said Teresa Elwood, health services director at the Red Cross. That type is especially important because Washington County Hospital is a trauma center and O-negative blood is the universal donor.
"That's the type of blood that can be given to untyped trauma patients," Elwood said.
There also are shortages of O-positive and B-negative blood types, and all others have been in short supply since Memorial Day.