LifeSouth Community Blood Center in Emergency NeedJuly 11th, 2015 by gainesvillechamber
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers is now officially in emergency need for blood. I have attached the news release and blood drive schedule for the next few days. Please help us spread the word about the blood shortages in our community.
“Every summer is a challenge, but this year with the early arrival of extremely hot weather, we’ve been on a critical shortage since mid-May, especially for O-negative and A- negative blood types,” said LifeSouth Vice President of Operations J. B. Bowles. “We have seen a steady decline in donations but, patient needs remain high.”
Bowles said donors of all types and platelet donors are needed immediately.
“When the blood supply is this low, lives are on the line,” he added. “Please help.”
“Because platelets can only be used for five days after donation, and they are so needed by cancer patients, they are always needed. The need for O-negative is also always with us, because it’s the universal donor and can be used by anyone in times of emergency,” Bowles added.
Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required. LifeSouth’s donor centers in Gainesville are located at 1221 NW 13th Street, and 4039 West Newberry Road. LifeSouth’s donor center in Chiefland is located at 2202 N Young Blvd, and LifeSouth’s donor center in Alachua is at 15652 NW US Highway 441. LifeSouth’s bloodmobiles will also be out at many locations in coming days (see attachment for schedule of upcoming blood drives). For additional information call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org.