HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – LifeSouth Community Blood Centers and the American Red Cross have issued an emergency call for blood and platelet donors, of all types.
The following types are especially needed to meet demand, this summer: O Positive, O negative, B negative, and A negative.
Blood and platelets are needed for various types of patients: burn victims, heart surgery and organ transplant patients, premature babies, and for those receiving treatment for cancer or sickle cell disease.
According to the American Red Cross, “Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.”
So far this June, The American Red Cross has received 50,000 fewer donations than expected, leaving them with half of the amount of available products than last year.
LifeSouth is also experiencing a shortage in blood donors. “In many of our cities, the shelves at LifeSouth are bare. It is important to have a reserve supply of blood on hand for emergencies, but the weather and the normal summer slowdown have all but wipes out any surplus,” says LifeSouth Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles.
They are asking all those who are able to donate blood and platelets, to please do so.
In order to donate, you must be 17 years or older, or 16 with parental permission. You must also be in good health, and weigh at least 110 pounds. Photo ID is required to donate.
There are various donor centers located throughout the Tennessee Valley.
If you would like to find out more information, or make an appointment to donate, you can do one of the following:
Call Lifesouth toll-free: (888)-795-2707 or visit their website, LifeSouth.org.
Call the American Red Cross, toll-free: (800)-733-2767 or visit their website, Redcrossblood.org.