The holidays usually means low blood supplies and this 4th of July proved no different.  Plummeting blood donations since Memorial Day has forced United Blood Services to issue an emergency appeal for all blood types.

The 4th of July holiday has worsened the severity of low blood inventory levels.  As the community blood provider for this area and stewards of the community blood supply, maintaining an adequate supply of all blood types is imperative.  Reserves of blood are depleted to a less than one day supply on the shelves.  Since it takes 24 to 36 hours to test and process each donation before it can be released for a patient, blood is being transfused as fast as United Blood Services can provide it to hospitals.  Donors of all types are urgently needed to give blood now.  To schedule a blood donation online, go to www.bloodhero.com  or call United Blood Services at 877-UBS-HERO (877-827-4376).

You can donate at the Lafayette Donor Center- 1503 Bertrand Drive: 

Monday- 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday- 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday- 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday- 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Sunday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Donors can also visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org the day of their donation and click on the “Health History Questionnaire”.  This allows donors to complete the interview portion of their donation online, in the privacy of their home or office.  Make sure to print your “Fast track donation ticket” and bring it with you to your donation.

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