United Blood Services calls for donors

United Blood Services calls for donors
Photo Credit: WDAM / United Blood Services in Hattiesburg needs donors.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the United Blood Services.

United Blood Services is calling on area residents to donate blood to help maintain blood supply inventories during this weeks winter weather events in central and north Mississippi.

Cancellation of blood drives and other related weather issues has results in a reduction of our blood product inventory by 125 units.

"We understand the difficulties donors experience when dealing with weather of this nature," said Katie Martin, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative. "Many other responsibilities can take priority. The fact is that we still need our community to rally to supply our hospitals with blood to save lives. Communities that are being affected by the winter weather are relying on our community to step up and make sure blood is available for all patients."

All blood types are welcome. Martin said platelet donors are needed as well. Platelets are used in the treatment of patients undergoing chemotherapy. Their shelf life is very short—only 5 days—while whole blood or red cell donations can last 42 days.

Donors may donate today at the following locations:

Hampton Inn Hattiesburg, MS-10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Providence Baptist Church, 1180 Eatonville Road, Hattiesburg, MS 39401- 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the fellowship hall.

Hattiesburg Center- 805 South 28th Avenue, Hattiesburg, MS 39402- 8a.m. to 4p.m.

The Hattiesburg center will adhere to normally scheduled hours for the remainder of this week:

Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday: 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sunday: 11 a.m.  - 4 p.m.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 877-UBS-HERO.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 years of age must have a Minor Donor Permit signed by a parent or guardian.

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