Donations are up, blood supply still at emergency levels

Blood supply levels remain at critical levels despite an increase in blooddonations after last week's announced shortage.{}{}

"The shortage is based ona combination of the widespread flu outbreak, bad weather across Georgia andAlabama and a spike in usage from our local hospitals," said LifeSouth's VicePresident of Operations J.B. Bowles.

"While we have seen moredonors in the past few days, it's going to take many more to overcome thiscurrent shortage," added Bowles.

As always, all bloodtypes are needed, but blood types AB-positive and negative, A- and O-negativeare in shortest supply. LifeSouth urges all eligible donors who are feelinghealthy to come out and support their communities by donating blood as soon aspossible. Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental permission, weigh aminimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required.

For information aboutdonating, donors can call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or go