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COMMUNITY BLOOD SUPPLY CRITICAL

Posted by Amanda Chittenden on January 29, 2014 3:14 PM


COMMUNITY BLOOD SUPPLY CRITICAL

The Blood Center Urges Everyone to Give Blood

New Orleans – Due to the severe winter weather and unsafe travel conditions, The Blood Center had to suspend blood collections on Tuesday, January 28th and Wednesday, January 29th which has caused a critical drop in the blood supply.  The Blood Center is urging the community to donate blood.

“We have had two days with no blood collected.  At a time when blood donations typically decline, this has put the community blood supply at an unsafe and critical level.  We strongly urge donors of all blood types to donate this week to help us get the lifesaving blood components that are needed by our hospitals for their patients.  As a community, it is all of our responsibility to ensure a safe a stable blood supply,” said Amanda Chittenden, Public Relations Manager.

Beginning Thursday, The Blood Center will operate on special extended hours and will be holding community blood drives throughout the weekend.  The Blood Centers plans to resume normal operations beginning Monday, February 3rd.

 Thursday, January 30th, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

  • Metairie Donor Center:  2617 Edenborn,  (504) 887-2833
  • Hammond Donor Center:  42268 Veterans Ave.,  (985) 542-0263
  • Slidell Donor Center:  1337 Gause Blvd., (985) 641-4400
  • Mandeville Donor Center:  4350 Hwy. 22  (985) 626-4937
  • West Bank Donor Center: 2701 Manhattan Blvd. (504) 263-1190
  • Laplace Donor Center: 123 Belle Terre Blvd. (985) 652-9256
  • Denham Springs Donor Center: 1951 Florida Ave. (225) 791-2291
  • Thibodaux Donor Center: 329 North Canal Blvd. (985) 447-1774
  • Galliano Donor Center: 115 W. 42nd St., Cutoff (985) 693-6566
  • Gulfport Donor Center: 14283 B Dedeaux Rd. (228) 539-8077
  • Gautier Donor Center: 1408 Hwy 90 (228) 497-7160
  • Picayune Donor Center: 318 Memorial Blvd. (601) 798-9693

Community Blood Drives for Thursday, January 30th:

  • Clearview Mall-Target Wing: 12 pm-7 pm
  • Tulane University-Drill Rd: 10 am-5 pm

 Friday, January 31st, hours extended until 5 pm

  • Metairie Donor Center:  7 am-5 pm; 2617 Edenborn,  (504) 887-2833
  • Hammond Donor Center:  11 am-7 pm; 42268 Veterans Ave.,  (985) 542-0263
  • Slidell Donor Center:  7 am-5 pm; 1337 Gause Blvd., (985) 641-4400
  • Mandeville Donor Center: 9 am-5 pm; 4350 Hwy. 22  (985) 626-4937
  • West Bank Donor Center: 7 am-5 pm; 2701 Manhattan Blvd. (504) 263-1190
  • Thibodaux Donor Center: 9 am-5 pm; 329 North Canal Blvd. (985) 447-1774
  • Picayune Donor Center: 9 am-5 pm;318 Memorial Blvd. (601) 798-9693

Community Blood Drives for Friday, January 31st:

  • Tulane University-Drill Rd: 10 am-5 pm
  • LSU-Student Union: 10 am-4:30 pm

Saturday, February 1st, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Metairie Donor Center:  2617 Edenborn,  (504) 887-2833
  • Hammond Donor Center:  42268 Veterans Ave.,  (985) 542-0263
  • Slidell Donor Center:  1337 Gause Blvd., (985) 641-4400
  • Mandeville Donor Center:  4350 Hwy. 22  (985) 626-4937
  • West Bank Donor Center: 2701 Manhattan Blvd. (504) 263-1190
  • Laplace Donor Center: 123 Belle Terre Blvd. (985) 652-9256
  • Mathews Donor Center: 4884 Hwy. 1, Raceland (985) 532-6660
  • Denham Springs Donor Center: 1951 Florida Ave. (225) 791-2291
  • Gautier Donor Center: 1408 Hwy 90 (228) 497-7160
  • Picayune Donor Center: 318 Memorial Blvd. (601) 798-9693

Community Blood Drives for Saturday, February 1st:

  • Wal-Mart Houma West: 1 pm-6 pm
  • Wal-Mart Harahan (Elmwood): 12 pm-4 pm

 For updated hours and community blood drive locations, please continue to check here or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

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.

 

Last modified: January 29, 2014 4:22 PM by Amanda Chittenden