LifeSouth in dire need of blood donations

      The sharp dip in the thermometer across the country has triggered an equally sharp decline in blood donations, and LifeSouth Community Blood Centers declared they are now in emergency need.

      "We are in emergency need of blood donations, especially Type O and RH negative donors to meet the patient needs in our hospitals," said LifeSouth Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles. "The freezing weather arrived, causing blood donations to hit an annual low".{} However, the patient demand for blood products in our hospitals has remained constant.{}

      {}"We are not alone. Blood centers across the country are facing critical shortages," Bowles said.{} "We are working hard in the community getting the bloodmobiles in convenient locations, calling donors who are eligible who donate regularly, but it just isn't enough.{} We have hot coffee and warm cookies at our donor centers, and our bloodmobiles are warm. We need the folks who don't donate regularly to please step up and help."

      Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required. All donors will receive T-shirt from LifeSouth and be entered into the monthly drawings for a PlayStation 4 game console.

      LifeSouth Birmingham Region Drive Schedule:

      Wednesday, January 08, 2014

      CVS Pharmacy McCalla 1:30-7pm

      Walgreen's Leeds 10am-4pm

      Pelham Library 9am-5pm

      Thursday, January 09, 2014

      YMCA Hoover 1pm-6pm

      Walgreens Pell City 8am-5pm

      Piggly Wiggly Childersburg 1pm-6pm

      Friday, January 10, 2014

      Walmart Gardendale 1-6pm

      Walmart Hwy 280 Hoover 2-6pm

      Saturday January 11, 2014

      Walmart Northport 1-6pm

      Piggly Wiggly Odenville 9-3pm

      Walgreens Sylacauga 9-1pm

      Sunday January 12, 2014

      Walmart Bessemer 12-6pm

      Books A Million Alabaster 1-5pm