Platelet donors, as well as blood donors with the most in-demand blood types — O positive and negative, A negative and B negative — are urgently needed to give blood in the days and weeks ahead to offset the shortfall.
Platelets, a key clotting component of blood often needed by cancer patients, must be transfused within five days of donation, so donations are constantly needed. Red blood cells, the oxygen carrying component of blood, are the most widely transfused blood product and must be transfused within 42 days.
Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.
For LifeSouth, donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo I.D. is also required. Check www.lifesouth.org or the LifeSouth Facebook page for information on center reopening or call 888-795-2707.
LifeSouth's donor center is open late until 7 PM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to accommodate donors. On February 7, 2014 from 6 AM- 6PM, LifeSouth is partnering with WSFA for the ninth year to host the "Give from the Heart" blood drive at their donor center on Carmichael Road in Montgomery to boost donations and help save lives.