LifeSouth Issues Emergency Appeal For Blood Donations

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The winter weather conditions hitting the south are expected to further impact a blood shortage across the area.   

Galen Unold, director of donor recruitment and retention with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, says the cold front and snow will mean blood drives in many affected communities could be canceled. 

Unold says all blood types are needed, but blood types AB-positive and negative, and O-negative are in shortest supply.  He said all the LifeSouth donor centers expect to be open on Friday, and where possible the bloodmobiles will be available for donors. Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required.

For information about donating, donors can call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or go to