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Blood Drive Planned for Law Enforcement and First Responders

City of Lake Charles – On Thursday, July 28, 2016, a blood donation drive is planned to demonstrate support for local law enforcement officers and first responders. The event will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Lake Charles Civic Center Contraband Room, 900 Lakeshore Drive.

“Each day, these men and women put their lives on the line to protect us,” said Mayor Roach. “The events that we’ve seen over the past week demonstrate just how important it is that blood be available when needed in times of tragedy. I encourage every one of our employees and residents to donate as they are able.”

The drive, planned by the City of Lake Charles in conjunction with LifeShare Blood Centers, will be open to the public. Mayor Roach and members of the City Council plan to personally participate in the blood donation drive as well.

City Councilman Mark Eckard said the idea came from one of his constituents. “He told me he wanted to be able to help in a very tangible way. After shootings, sometimes blood shortages occur in hospitals. This is one way that we as a community can show our officers and first responders that we stand behind them.”

Blood donors must weigh at least 110 lbs., be age 16 or older and provide photo identification. The donor must feel well at the time of donation, have eaten and be hydrated. The screening process includes a brief check of the temperature, blood pressure, hematocrit, and confidential questionnaire. For more information go to or call 337-436-4932.