United Blood Services calls for area donors to restore blood supply

United Blood Services calls for area donors to restore blood supply

PINE BELT - This is a news release from United Blood Services.

United Blood Services is calling on area residents to help restore the blood supply following the severe thunderstorm outbreak.

"Threats of the severe thunderstorm outbreak caused several United Blood Services mobile blood drives to shut down early on Tuesday,  resulting in a loss of blood products", said Mitzi Breaux, Marketing & Communications Manager with United Blood Services, this area's non-profit community blood service provider. "We need the community's help to recover the blood lost and make sure blood is available for local area patients who need it."

The blood center at 805 S. 28th Avenue will be open Monday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday CLOSED, Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.,  Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Donors will receive a free cholesterol test.

Those who wish to help may call 601-264-0743 or click here to make an appointment to give.

Blood donation takes about an hour from check-in to refreshments. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate.

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 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.