HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The impending arrival of Tropical Storm Issac and the upcoming Labor Day holiday has prompted a local blood provider to ask for your help to increase the blood supply. The folks at United Blood Services are hoping you'll take time out Tuesday and in the days following the storm to give blood.
All types are needed, but especially O-Negative and O-Positive.
United Blood Services in Hattiesburg will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Tuesday. A community blood drive in Laurel at the Cameron Center will be held Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
"We are the sole provider of blood to the Pine Belt, so we need to have enough on our shelves and it's there for your friends and neighbors, so we need folks to come out and donate," said Christina Ghents, director of the Hattiesburg Satellite Center.
United Blood Services will be closed Wednesday and may re-open sometime Thursday. On Friday in Hattiesburg, the organization is scheduled to host its Labor of Love blood drive, along with members of the Hattiesburg Jaycees.
Hours for that event are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.