Local blood supply reaches critically low level

The following is a news release from Life Share Blood Centers:

LifeShare Blood Centers is down to a critically low 2-day supply of blood products due to a tremendous increase in patient usage and a decrease in blood donations.  "We are at the point that if there is an emergency situation the blood supply may be inadequate to support it," said Debbie Madar, Southern Region Executive Director.

The available supply of blood for all patients could be in jeopardy if the community does not respond to the urgent need for blood donations immediately. LifeShare is urging every eligible donor to answer the call and give blood at a scheduled blood drive or at LifeShare Blood Centers this week.

Those wishing to donate must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. or more, know the names of any medications being taken, feeling generally well and healthy, and be able to provide identification.

The Lake Charles center located at 214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:30pm.  In addition, the blood center will be open this Saturday from 9:00am until 12:00pm.  Below is a list of community blood drives for August 6-9:

Friday, August 6

Walmart, DeRidder 11am-5pm

Saturday, August 7

Houston River Baptist Church 3pm-7pm

Joy Productions in DeRidder 2pm-6pm

Sunday, August 8

St. John Bosco Catholic Church in Westlake 8:30am-12:30pm

New Covenant Faith Baptist Church 9:30am-1:30pm

Christ The King Catholic Church 9am-2pm

Monday, August 9

Walmart in DeRidder 10am-4pm

Walmart in Sulphur 9am-1pm

Welsh Fire Department 3pm-7pm

Levingston Engineers 2:30pm-5pm