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Blood Donors Provide an Extra Gift to Hospitalized Children

April 30, 2018, Shreveport, La., — Anyone donating blood at a LifeShare center this week has an opportunity to send a special message that will be attached to a stuffed animal and given to a child in a local hospital.

“Blood donors always provide a meaningful gift—often life-saving or life-changing, but they usually don’t get to send a personal message with it. The bears are an extra opportunity to brighten a child’s day, while giving the blood donor an avenue to share their wishes along with their gift of life,” says Tina Martinez, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Center.

For more information and questions about blood donation, call 800-256-4483 or visit

LifeShare Blood Center regularly supplies blood components to more than 100 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La. in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.  LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, and accredited by AABB.

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Click here for LifeShare Blood Center locations and hours.