LifeSouth Community Blood Centers faces emergency need for all blood types and encourages the community to donate blood.

Summer is historically a slow time for blood donations due to travel and school breaks, while the need to help patients in local hospitals remains constant. The impact of summer has not only been a challenge to LifeSouth, but also, to blood centers across the country.

LifeSouth asks donors to come in to a donor center or find a blood drive location on their website, lifesouth.org. First time donors are always welcome and encouraged to give blood donation a try. All blood types are needed, especially negative blood types and O negative, which is the universal donor and can be used by all patients in an emergency. Platelet donations are also critically needed now.

Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is needed. LifeSouth’s has five donor centers across North Alabama. Learn more at lifesouth.org.

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