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Holiday Week Blood Supply Concern

The local blood supply is at the minimum level considered to be stable, which raises a concern going into the Independence Day holiday week. Additional donations are needed from all blood types, particularly A negative and O negative. Blood type A negative is currently the lowest in supply and the O negative supply is vital to maintain because it can be given to patients with all blood types, and in emergency situations when a blood type is unknown.

"The holiday brings a threat of increased usage and decreased donations, a detrimental combination – especially when the supply is already at a low level. We need to see an increase in blood donors before July 4 in order to avoid a critical situation during the holiday weekend and following week,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

Donations of all blood types are needed to replenish the supply. Persons who are unaware of their blood type are being asked to donate, as it will be tested upon collection. Blood transfusions are a part of many life-saving treatments, including those for trauma incidents, blood disorders, and cancer among many others.

In addition to a blood donor t-shirt, all donors will receive a $5 off certificate to Outback Steakhouse, and those who give twice between May 15 and Sept. 15 will receive a certificate for a free lunch at Outback Steakhouse and be entered to win free Outback Steakhouse for a year.

The following LifeShare Blood Centers’ locations are open for blood donations along with several mobile blood drives in the area. To locate a mobile blood drive, call your nearest center.

LifeShare Blood Centers locations:

Alexandria
2051 North Mall Drive
Alexandria, LA 71301
318-445-7439
800-256-7439

Monroe
2909 Kilpatrick Boulevard
Monroe, LA 71201
318-322-4445
800-256-4445

Baton Rouge
3849 North Boulevard
Baton Rouge, LA 70806
225-383-7728
866-543-3296

Ruston
107 North Service Road East
Ruston, LA 71270
318-254-1167

Beaumont
4305 Laurel Street
Beaumont, TX 77707
409-838-5289
800-256-5289

Shreveport
8910 Linwood Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106
318-673-1471
800-256-5433

El Dorado
443 West Oak Street
El Dorado, AR 71730
870-862-2150

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-742-4636

Lake Charles
214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive
Lake Charles, LA 70601
337-436-4932
800-256-4932

Texarkana
1321 College Drive
Texarkana, TX 75503
903-794-3173
800-264-5456