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WINTER WEATHER AFFECTS BLOOD SUPPLY

Posted by Amanda Chittenden on January 28, 2014 12:17 PM


 

January 28, 2014
 

COMMUNITY BLOOD SUPPLY NEEDS HELP TO RECOVER FROM WINTER WEATHER

The Blood Center Urges All Eligible Donors to Give Blood

New Orleans – Due to the severe winter weather, The Blood Center had to suspend blood collections on Tuesday, January 28th.  Coming out of the holiday season when blood donations typically decline, The Blood Center is urging everyone to give blood immediately at their nearest Blood Center donor center or mobile blood drive to bring the blood supply back to a stable level.

“Today, no blood was drawn.  We need everyone to come donate as soon as travel conditions are deemed safe to help us get the lifesaving blood components that are needed for patients in our community. We strongly urge people to make all efforts to come donate blood in the upcoming days,” said Amanda Chittenden, Public Relations Manager.

“Because travel conditions remain unsafe, we will not open donor centers or operate any mobile blood drives on Wednesday, January 29th.  We are watching the weather and road conditions to determine when to reopen. Once we reopen, hours of operation will be extended to allow donors ample time to come in to make their donations.” 

Thursday, January 30th the following locations have extended hours 12 pm-8 pm:

Denham Springs

Galliano

Hammond (11am-8pm)

Laplace

Mandeville

Metairie

Slidell (11am-8pm)

Thibodaux

West Bank

Gulfport

Picayune

 

Mobile Blood Drives for Thursday, January 30th:

Southshore

Northshore

Clearview Mall-Target Wing: 12 pm-7 pm

Mandeville Middle School: 2 pm-6:30 pm

Tulane University-Drill Rd.: 10 am-5 pm

 

 

Friday, January 31st hours for the following locations:

Hammond

11 am-7 pm

Mandeville

9 am-5 pm

Metairie

7 am-3 pm

Slidell

7 am-3 pm

West Bank

7 am-3 pm

Thibodaux

7 am-3 pm

Picayune

9 am-5 pm

 

 

In order to maintain a healthy and stable community blood supply, The Blood Center must collect between 300 to 350 pints of blood every day.  Donating blood is safe, simple and easy and just one pint can help to save up to three lives.

Up to 60% of the population is eligible to donate blood, but only 5% actually do.  Donating blood is safe, simple and easy and just one pint can help to save up to three lives.   Donors must be in good health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years of age to donate blood.  Sixteen year olds are now eligible to donate; they must weigh at least 130 pounds and have a signed TBC parental consent form.  The entire donation process takes less than an hour.

The Blood Center is a non-profit community service organization dedicated to providing blood and blood components to patients throughout Southern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.  Follow The Blood Center on social media-Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

Last modified: January 29, 2014 10:37 AM by Amanda Chittenden