LifeSouth Community Blood Centers has hit a “dire need” for donors after blood usage escalated this week because of several area shootings.
Summer always means fewer donations as residents travel and schools let out, but a press release said this summer has dried up the supply more than usual. LifeSouth has faced a continual shortage over the past year and in June put out a request for O-positive blood.
LifeSouth said it needs all blood types, and the organization is increasing its offers for the weekend.
From Friday to Monday, all donors will receive a $20 e-gift card plus a special recognition item. Platelet, plasma and double red cell donors will get an additional $20 e-gift card as well.
Donors must be 17 years old, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
For additional information about donation or to find a blood drive near you, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org. Appointments can also be made online.