Holiday Week Blood Supply Concern

Shreveport, La., June 27, 2014 –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

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