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Blood drives are being organized to help South Texas

Posted by Paul Adams on August 31, 2017 1:00 PM


The Blood Center urges all residents of Southern Louisiana and Mississippi to give blood in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Several events in our community are being organized to support our neighbors. The Blood Center's smaller donor centers will be closed in the coming days to reassign staff who can better assist the anticipated increase in blood donations.

The Blood Center began shipping blood to affected areas Saturday and will continue to provide blood and blood components to South Texas. Houston is the fourth largest populace in the US and efforts are being coordinated with donor centers throughout the country.

“There is an ongoing need for donors while those affected by Hurricane Harvey begin rebuilding” says Paul Adams, Public Relations Manager for The Blood Center. “Our focus remains the hospitals and patients in our local community, but South Texas has helped us in the past and this is our opportunity to return the favor.”

Blood isn’t being collected in the Houston region and hospitals still have patients. As cleanup and rebuilding begins, storm related injuries will likely increase.

“We are asking all potential donors, both current and first-timers, to make a commitment to donate blood or platelets as soon as possible,” said Dennis Todd, chair of the AABB Interorganizational Task Force on Domestic Disasters and Acts of Terrorism.

Current details on upcoming blood drives and center hours can be found at TheBloodCenter.org. Those wishing to host a blood drive for their school, church, community organization or business should call 800-86-BLOOD for more information.

All eligible Southern Louisiana and Mississippi residents should donate now to support our Texas neighbors enduring this massive destructive event.

The Blood Center, a nonprofit organization led by a volunteer Board of Directors, is the primary supplier of blood and blood components to more than 30 area hospitals and outpatient facilities throughout Southeast Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. The Blood Center operates 12 donor centers in the Gulf South.

Fast facts:

  • Just one pint of blood can help save up to three lives
  • The donation process takes less than an hour
  • Someone needs blood every three seconds

In case of an emergency, it’s the blood donated yesterday that will save a patient today. For more information on donating blood, please call (800) 86-BLOOD or visit TheBloodCenter.org. Find The Blood Center on social media at @TheBloodCenter.

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