To the editor:

On behalf of United Blood Services and the patients we serve in 10 hospitals throughout 11 counties, thank you. United Blood Serivces is no longer on critical appeal for O negative and A negative blood. A total of 366 people registered to donate at the center and on mobile blood drives across the area since the appeal was issued on Thursday, June 5. During those six days, 303 units of blood were collected.

While the critical appeal is over, the need for blood is not over. Itís a daily need, so we challenge Concho Valley residents to become regular blood donors. Make an appointment to donate every eight to 16 weeks. You can donate at the United Blood Services Center or on a mobile drive at your business or community. Call (325) 223-7500 to make an appointment.

Sabrina Forse

Donor Recruitment Representative

United Blood Services

San Angelo