National blood shortages are impacting blood centers across the country, and locally LifeSouth Community Blood Centers also faces emergency need for all blood types.
Summer months take a toll on the blood supply, and this year has been especially difficult here in Duval County and across the country. Hospitals rely on LifeSouth and LifeSouth blood donors to make sure blood is available before it is needed. All blood types are necessary, and donors are asked to donate now to ensure local hospitals have the blood needed to help patients suffering from traumas, cancers and chronic illnesses.
First time donors are always welcome and encouraged to give blood donation a try. All donor receive a thank you gift, and a mini-physical, including blood pressure, temperature, iron level and a cholesterol screen.
LifeSouth is also seeking business partners on the First Coast to host blood drives and save local lives. LifeSouth works with businesses and organizations of all sizes and across multiple industries. LifeSouth makes hosting a blood drive simple and fun with onsite recruiting, themed blood drives, digital and printed media, and support throughout the process. A blood drive is a great addition to any event and could satisfy community service hours and wellness program initiatives.
Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is needed. LifeSouth's donor center in Jacksonville, FL is located at 7840 Baymeadows Way. LifeSouth's bloodmobiles will also be out at many locations in coming days (see below for schedule of upcoming blood drives). For additional information about donation or to find a blood mobile drive near you, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. Appointments can also be made online and walk-ins are always welcome.