LifeSouth declares emergency need for blood donations

Updated: Jul. 19, 2017 at 9:08 PM CDT
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - LifeSouth Community Blood Centers announced Monday that it is currently facing an emergency need for blood donations.

According to the organization, this means that the reserve supply that is used to restock hospitals has dropped below a two-day level. In a release, LifeSouth called on its community and people around the country to donate blood, regardless of blood type.

"Donations have decreased exceptionally this summer, and patients at our hospitals are depending on donors to give blood," said LifeSouth District Director Sharon Carpenter.

LifeSouth also said that the summer months are typically when the number of blood donations drop, while the need for those donations remains the same. This is due to typical donors being on vacation and away from school.

"Patients at our hospitals depend on blood donors to survive," Carpenter said. "We need the help of our donors and new donors today."

LifeSouth is saying that it will welcome all blood types, but has a particular need for negative and O-negative blood types. Platelet donations are also much needed.

The organization is asking for donors to visit one of its blood drive locations. There are several locations in Alabama, including Montgomery, Millbrook, Prattville, Auburn, Opelika, Enterprise, Ozark and Dothan.

You must be at least 17 years old to donate, or 16 with parental permission, as well as a minimum of 110 pounds and in good health.

Copyright 2017 WSFA 12 News. The Associated Press contributed to this report. All rights reserved.