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December 16, 2021
Help National and Local Blood Shortages, All Blood Types Needed
 
The blood supply in the United States is dangerously low, with COVID-19 continuing to impact donor turnout and recent tragedies and increased demands adding additional strain to the national supply. Locally, there is also a severe blood shortage, and blood donors are asked to donate soon.
 
Blood donations decrease during the holidays due to travel, weather, busy schedules, and school breaks. To thank blood donors this holiday season, now through January 2, all LifeSouth donors will receive a $20 e-gift card good at numerous retailers and restaurants.
 
Many people only think of donating blood after a tragedy or disaster, but blood donors are needed every day to meet the needs of patients. LifeSouth asks those who do not normally donate, have not donated in a while or are first-time donors to make a point to donate. Regular blood donors are also asked to come in and bring a friend. All blood types are needed now to make sure blood is available for patient care.
 
Donating blood takes about an hour and can save three lives. LifeSouth serves local patients as the official blood provider to UF Health and sole provider to North Florida Regional Medical Center, the Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Lake City Medical Center, Starke ER and Suwannee ER.
 
Blood can be donated after receiving the Moderna, Pfizer or Johnson & Johnson vaccines for COVID-19 or the flu vaccination.
 
In addition to the e-gift card, blood donors also receive refreshments, and a mini-physical including cholesterol, iron level, temperature, and blood pressure. Find a blood drive or donor center near you at lifesouth.org.
 
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About LifeSouth:
LifeSouth is a non-profit community blood bank serving more than 125 hospitals in Alabama, Florida and Georgia. LifeSouth is committed to meeting the blood supply needs of hospitals and their patients by providing the highest quality blood components and services. The LifeSouth team is dedicated to making sure the blood is there when a patient is in need. To learn more, visit LifeSouth.org.
Contact:
Laura Bialeck, Community Development Coordinator
lgbialeck@lifesouth.org, (352) 359-0988