United Blood Services calls for donors to restore blood supply

United Blood Services calls for donors to restore blood supply

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - 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 weather outbreak.

"Threats of the severe weather outbreak caused several United Blood Services mobile blood drives and donor centers to cancel or shut down early on Tuesday, resulting in a loss of over 300 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."

United Blood Services is asking that donors donate in the month of February.  The loss of blood products due to severe weather is an added factor to a recent decline in blood donations due to Zika virus waiting period and cold and flu season.  If you are in good health and are eligible to donate blood, please make it a priority to do so.

The operating hours for the Hattiesburg  blood center at 805 S. 28th Avenue are:  Monday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday CLOSED, Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,  Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 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. For more, click here. 

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.