BEAUMONT - From LifeShare Blood Centers - The area’s blood supply continues to be in a critical situation. A recent decrease in blood donors, particularly during the holidays and since the first of the year, has the local blood inventory at a minimum. The Beaumont area needs an additional 450 donations between today and tomorrow to stabilize the blood supply, a life-saving resource with no substitute.
LifeShare Blood Centers in Beaumont has extended hours for Friday to accommodate donors’ schedules. The center at 4305 Laurel Street Beaumont, TX will be open from 8:30a.m. until 7p.m. tomorrow.
“Since the beginning of the year, the supply has taken a sharp drop. We are seeing the weather and early flu season impact some blood drives. Because of this, we need additional donors to come in right away. Not just our faithful, regular donors, but also residents who may not have given before or haven’t donated in a while, this is the time for those people to take an hour out of their day to make a difference,” says Robert Taylor, Executive Director for LifeShare Blood Centers in Beaumont.
Hospitals must have blood on-hand and ready to transfuse for patients in critical need. Accident victims, surgery patients, and persons with blood disorders are a few examples of the people that receive a life-saving benefit from the blood. Blood type O and type B negative are especially needed; however all types are in need and any persons who do not know their blood type are welcome. It takes 24 hours or more to make the blood available for use after it is donated.
You can give blood at the following LifeShare Blood Centers locations. Appointments are not mandatory but are welcome. For additional information, call 800-256-8289 or go to www.lifeshare.org.
4305 Laurel St., Beaumont, TX
Thurs. Jan. 10, 8:30am-5pm
Fri. Jan. 11, 8:30a.m. – 7pm
Sat. Jan. 12, 8am – 12pm
You can also donate at these local mobile drives:
Fri. Jan.11, Wal-Mart Woodville 12pm – 4pm
Sat. Jan 12, Wal-Mart Port Arthur 11am-3pm
Sun. Jan 13, Brookshire Brothers in Vidor 12pm-4pm
Individuals receive a mini-physical prior to the donation procedure, including a check of temperature, pulse, blood pressure and iron level. Potential donors must be age 16 or older, meet height and weight requirements feel well and healthy at the time of donation, eat a good meal and increase fluid intake prior to donation. 16-year-olds must present written parent or guardian permission to donate. Donors will be asked to present identification. For more information and to schedule a blood donation or blood drive, please call your nearest LifeShare Blood Centers location.