United Blood Services centers have sent blood to Florida to help save the lives of the dozens of people injured in the mass shooting in Orlando overnight. United Blood Services is calling on area donors to replenish the local supply and help assure there is blood on hand should the Orlando community need additional help.

Those who would like to help can donate at United Blood Services donor center located at 1503 Bertrand Drive in Lafayette.  The donor center accepts donations seven days a week.  Donors may call our toll-free number, 877-827-4376, or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to make a convenient appointment to donate.

“When tragedy strikes, it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives,” said Mitzi Breaux, Marketing and Communications Manager of United Blood Services. “That’s why we rushed to help the Orlando community and why we are asking donors now to replenish this area’s blood supply.”

“Every 2-to-3 seconds in this country, someone needs blood. And you never know when you or someone you love will be the one. We all expect blood to be available when we need it, but only a few of those who can give actually roll up their sleeves. It’s time for everyone to get involved!” Breaux said.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 years old must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History the day they donate. It’s at www.UnitedBloodServices.org.