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Lake Charles City Council Passes Flood Wall Resolution

Lake Charles, La., April 21, 2014 — The Lake Charles City Council voted unanimously in favor of a resolution supporting LifeShare Blood Centers plans to construct a four-foot high flood wall to help ensure a stable blood supply when the area is recovering from flood-related disasters. The project cost totals $715,000, of which LifeShare is seeking $157,300 in local matching contributions through a fundraising campaign. Other funding sources include the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and a pending state of Louisiana capital outlay request.

Winter Weather Creates Urgent Need for Blood Donors of All Types

Jan. 28, 2014 – Shreveport, La. – LifeShare Blood Centers reports a low blood supply for all blood types, primarily as a result of the weather in the region. Poor road conditions due to ice and snow just south of this area has resulted in canceled blood drives and center closures for two consecutive weeks, estimating a loss of nearly 1,000 blood donations that would have been available for patient use.

Donors Needed to Lift Blood Supply After Winter Storm

 Lake Charles, LA, January 24, 2014 —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.

Low Blood Supply Level Alert: O- and B-

Shreveport, La., Jan. 7, 2014 –The local O negative and B negative blood supply levels have dropped sharply this week, resulting in an immediate and urgent need for additional blood donors in order to continue to avoid a critical situation.

Making A New Year's Resolution To Save Lives

Dec. 30, 2013 –LifeShare Blood Centers is asking blood donors to make a resolution to save lives by giving blood three times in 2014. Blood donors may sign up at any LifeShare center and receive a pledge card with reminder appointments throughout the year. Upon the blood donor’s third donation at a LifeShare center in 2014, they will receive a limited edition stainless steel 2014 blood donor mug.

Local Law Enforcement Holds Blood Drives in Honor of Harmon and Jean Drew

November 29, 2013 – Shreveport and Bossier City Police Departments and the Caddo, Bossier and Webster Parish Sheriffs Offices have joined together to hold blood drives in honor of Minden residents, Jean and Harmon Drew. The Drews have been teaching Louisiana law enforcement officers throughout Louisiana for more than 30 years, and annually publish “True Blue Drew Book,” a praised resource for Louisiana law enforcement officers.

Blood donors have a chance to win an autographed "Duck the Halls: A Robertson Family Christmas" CD and Duck Dynasty Ornament

Shreveport, La., Nov. 29, 2013 — Blood donors giving blood at a LifeShare center during the first week of December will have an opportunity to enter to win a holiday CD and Christmas ornament autographed by the stars of Duck Dynasty.

Honor a Veteran Through Blood Donation

November 1, 2013 – During November, you can give blood at LifeShare Blood Centers in honor of a Veteran. Every donor at the center will be provided a card indicating they gave blood in honor of a Veteran. The donor can add a personal message of thanks and their signature. LifeShare will be sending the signed cards to Veterans through Operation Gratitude.

United We Give, United We Live Blood Drive Honors 9/11 Heroes

Shreveport, La., Sept. 10, 2013 —LifeShare Blood Centers will hold United We Give, United We Live blood drives on Sept. 11 and 12, for donors giving in memory of those who perished in the 9/11 tragedy and in honor of first responders.

Type O Negative Blood Supply Critically Low

Sept. 3, 2013 – LifeShare Blood Centers reports the local O negative blood supply is critically low and requests that all eligible type O negative donors give blood as soon as possible.

Bring a Friend to Help the Local Blood Supply

August 5, 2013 – LifeShare Blood Centers is encouraging blood donors to bring a friend when donating. During the month of August, LifeShare blood donors will receive a “Get in the Game for Life” football-themed t-shirt. Donors that also bring a friend to give blood at any LifeShare center will also receive a white LifeShare baseball cap.

Shreveport and Texarkana LifeShare Blood Centers Host 2013 Mash Bash Blood Drive

July 5, 2013 - LifeShare Blood Centers and KTBS3 have joined together again to host the MASH BASH Blood Drive, Wed., July 10 and Thurs., July 11. The annual blood drive will take place at the Shreveport, Bossier City, and the Texarkana LifeShare locations as well as the Bossier Civic Center, the Minden Civic Center, and select Walmart locations. The event is open to the public and participating blood donors will receive a limited edition MASH BASH t-shirt.

Plant Explosion Near Baton Rouge Imposes Increased Need for Blood Donations

UDPATE June 14, 2013, 10:30a.m.- By moving blood components from other LifeShare locations, the Baton Rouge LifeShare center now has temporarily replenished the supply available to the hospitals. We are continuing to carefully monitor the supply and work with Baton Rouge General’s blood bank to fulfill their ongoing needs. The LifeShare supply is currently low in O negative and O positive blood, but otherwise stable at the moment. We do expect hospitals to request more blood today. In the coming days, patients will continue to use blood components; this expectation includes significant usage by at least three burn victims of the plant explosion near Geismar.

The Shreveport Police Department, Shreveport Fire Department, Office of the Shreveport City Marshal, and Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Dept. Host Cuffs & Hoses Blood Drives

June 12, 2013- Today the Caddo Parish Sheriff’s Dept., Shreveport Fire Dept., Office of the Shreveport City Marshal, and the Shreveport Police Dept., came together to kick off the Cuffs & Hoses Blood Drives to be held through Saturday, June 15 at these local organizations’ facilities. The blood drives are being held in honor of Lauren Fogger Tigges, a recovering car accident victim. All drives are open to the public, and participating blood donors will receive a limited edition Cuffs & Hoses t-shirt, while supplies last.

Blood Drives to Promote HHT Awareness In June

(Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia)

June 2013—Many people let a nosebleed go unnoticed, but for many it is an indication of a life-threatening disease. Hereditary Hemorrhagic Telangiectasia or HHT is a genetic disorder that causes abnormalities of blood vessels. Most blood vessels in the body of someone with HHT are normal. However, a small percentage of the blood vessels in a person with HHT have a specific type of abnormality.

North Louisiana Residents Called to Contribute to Historic Cancer Research Effort

Community Involvement Can Answer Critical Questions about Cancer Causes & Prevention

Shreveport, Louisiana, May 2, 2013- Residents of Shreveport-Bossier have a special opportunity to participate in a historic study that has the potential to change the face of cancer for future generations. The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Prevention Study-3 (CPS-3) will give scientists a better understanding of cancer causes and prevention. The Society is looking for local men and women between the ages of 30 and 65 from various racial/ethnic backgrounds with no personal history of cancer to help reach full enrollment of at least 300,000 people.

Blood Donations Needed

April 18, 2013 – The blood supply takes constant monitoring and replenishing, and blood resource sharing among geographical areas elevates during times of tragedy. Because blood donors gave in advance both in these areas directly affected and those surrounding it, the blood needs of the West, Texas victims are currently being met. As these victims undergo surgery, blood must continue to be provided for those victims as well as the typical medical needs that require blood components.

O Negative Blood Donors Needed Following Disasters

April 16, 2013 – In light of the tragedy in Boston, the nation’s blood supply has experienced high usage and requires additional donations. LifeShare Blood Centers is asking the community to give blood so that blood needs are met, both locally and nationally during this critical time.

Significant Increase in Blood Donations Needed Today to Stabilize Blood Supply

January 10, 2013-- The area’s blood supply continues to be in a critical situation. A recent decrease in blood donors, particularly during the holidays and since the first of the year, has the local blood inventory at a minimum. 1000 donations are needed between today and tomorrow to stabilize the blood supply, a life-saving resource with no substitute.

January Honors Those Who Give The Gift of Life

LifeShare Blood Centers reminds citizens to make their New Year’s Resolution matter during National Blood Donor Month.

 

Shreveport, La., January 2, 2013 —One in three people will need blood at some time in their life. Where does it come from? Volunteer blood donors. Our country’s blood supply depends on blood donors to make this resource available to those in need. Whether it comes from an unexpected event such as an accident or a carefully planned surgery, many medical needs are dependent on blood donors giving in advance.

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