O-Negative Needed 

The Red Cross says the O-negative shortage is at a critical level. The Bangor Donor Center says its blood supply is down 300 units this month.Type O-negative blood is often given to newborn babies, emergency patients and accident victims.Trudy Darling of the Red Cross says for the month of August they’ll be offering an extra thank-you to those who donate.”You’re going to receive a ticket to a cruise down the Penobscot River, courtesy of Bangor Harbor Cruises, in the 19th century replica The Patience. And every blood donor that comes in gets one of those tickets,” Darling says.She says their Donor Center at 900B Hammond Street in Bangor is air conditioned and there’s no wait to donate.They’re open Tuesday through Thursday from 11 to 6, and on Friday from 8 until 2.