LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC-TV) – The blood supply in Southwest Louisiana is at a critically low level, according to LifeShare Blood Centers.
Having a lower supply of blood is not unusual during summer months, but this summer's heat wave has had a tremendous impact.
"This summer just with the heat we've just seen a drop in our donations," said Kristi Morris, the manager of LifeShare Recruiting and Collections.
LifeShare said right now it only has what amounts to a two-day supply of blood.
If a disaster, such as a hurricane, were to strike the area, the current supply may not be enough.
"If something does happen and our blood supply is low, we'd have traumas," said Morris. "We'd have to ship patients out of the area. There's all kinds of things that are a problem if we don't have the blood on hand."
LifeShare held several blood drives over the weekend.
The blood drives continue on Monday, August 9th as follows:
Wal-Mart in DeRidder 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wal-Mart in Sulphur 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Welsh Fire Department 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Levingston Engineers 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Anyone wishing to donate must be at least 17 years old and weigh at least 110 lbs. Donors are asked to bring proper I.D. and be able to name any medications they are taking.
"We always have to remember, it's giving," said Morris. "We're not asking for money. We're just asking for a few minutes of your time and a little bit of yourself to help save somebody."
For more information about donating blood, visit LifeShare's Lake Charles office at 214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Drive, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
You can also call (337) 436-4932.