United Blood Services calls for help to restore blood supply after severe weather

United Blood Services calls for help to restore blood supply after severe weather
Photo Credit: WDAM / United Blood Services in Hattiesburg needs donors.

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 recent severe weather and flooding.

"Flooding due to recent excessive rain caused several United Blood Services mobile blood drives to cancel on Monday, resulting in a loss of approximately 70 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 March.  The loss of blood products due to flooding 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, March 17 ONLY opened from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for special St. Patrick's Day event Closed on all other Thursdays, 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 and a T-shirt, while supplies last.

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.