LifeShare seeking O Negative blood donors

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LifeShare Blood Centers is asking all O negative donors to make a plan to give now. O negative donors are in critical need as recent patient usage has increased substantially.

“At least five hospitals in our service area have patients currently using O negative blood. We do not have patient details, but do know that one patient is a young female going into surgery today and another is an elderly gentleman with internal bleeding. Less than seven percent of the population is O negative making every available donor vital,” says Tina Hooper, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

lifeshare-blood-centersA decrease in blood donors during the wintry weather combined with an increased patient need has created the critical need for O negative donors. The supply of all other blood types is also being used daily and needs additional donors for replenishment. Anyone who is unaware of their blood type are also being asked to donate now, as it will be tested upon collection.

“Donors of all blood types are necessary and welcome, but the immediate need for more O negative donors is imminent,” stressed Hooper.

Give blood at a LifeShare center or at a mobile blood drive in the area. Call your local center or go to www.lifeshare.org for hours and blood drive locations.

Local donation sites:

Bossier City, La.
1523 Doctors Dr.
318.742.4636
Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm M, W, F
11:00am-7:00pm Tu, Th

Shreveport, La.
8910 Linwood Ave.
318.673.1471
Hours:
8:00am-5:30pm M, W, F
8:00am-7:00pm Tu, Th
8:00am-3:00pm Sat

Texarkana, Texas
1321 College Dr.
Texarkana, TX
903.794.3173
Hours: 8:00am-4:00pm M, W, F
10:00am-5:30pm Tu, Th
8:00am-1:00pm Sat

Upcoming local blood drives:

March 18 from 12:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Minden Civic Center
520 Broadway St., Minden, La.

March 19 from 12:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Centenary College
2911 Centenary Blvd., Shreveport, La.

March 19 from 2:00p.m. to 6:00p.m.
Haughton Fire Department
224 West McKinley Ave., Haughton, La.

March 20 from 12:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Christus Coushatta Health Care Center
1635 Marvel Street, Coushatta, La.

March 20 from 12:30p.m. to 5:30p.m.
Willis-Knighton Bossier Medical Center
2400 Hospital Dr., Bossier City, La.