Due to the winter storm, LifeShare Blood Centers was forced to cancel several blood drives throughout the region. The blood supply has not fully recovered from low donor turnout during the winter holidays, and the current loss of blood donations creates an urgent need for donors in the upcoming days in order to meet patient needs.
“Currently, patients are using the blood at a faster rate than it is being donated. Not only in Lake Charles, but all the way up to Alexandria and over to Beaumont we have had to cancel blood drives. Even though donors can’t get out to donate in these areas, the need is still there—in some cases even moreso because of the increase in vehicle accidents,” says Michael Lanham, Donor Resources Coordinator for LifeShare’s center in Lake Charles, La.
Due to the urgency of the situation, LifeShare’s Lake Charles donation center, 214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Dr., will be open tomorrow, Sat., Jan. 24, from 11:00a.m. to 3:00p.m. A blood drive will also take place at the Lake Charles Civic Center Home Builders Show tomorrow from 9:00a.m. to 5:00p.m., and at Walmart in Jennings, La. 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 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.