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