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LifeShare in need of type O-negative blood

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -

LifeShare Blood Centers are reporting a critical shortage of type O-negative blood and are asking for all eligible type O donors to give as soon as possible.

According to LifeShare spokesperson Tina Hooper, there is currently only a day-and-a-half supply of O-negative blood available. She says blood donations are traditionally slow around the holidays.

It takes at least 24 hours after someone donates blood before it is available for use. Because there is now manufactured substitute for human blood, it must come from blood donors.

Hooper says that type O-negative blood can be used in instances when the recipient's blood type is unknown, such as an accident victim or a newborn baby. Type O-positive blood can also be given under certain circumstances, but O-negative blood can be given to all blood types.

To make a donation appointment, call 673-1471. Below are center locations and hours. You can find more information on the Lifeshare website.

Shreveport
8910 Linwood Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71106
318-673-1471
Location Hours:
8:00am-5:30pm M, W, F
11:00am-7:00pm Tu, Th
8:00am-3:00pm Saturday

Bossier City
1523 Doctors Drive
Bossier City, LA 71111
318-742-4636
Location Hours:
8:00am-4:00pm M, W, F
11:00am-7:00pm Tu, Th 

Texarkana
1321 College Drive
Texarkana, TX 75503
903-794-3173
800-264-5456
Location Hours:
8:00am-4:00pm M, W, F
10:00am-5:30pm Tu, Th
8:00am-1:00pm Saturday

Upcoming Mobile Blood Drives:
Friday, Jan. 4, 1pm – 5pm Cornerstone Hospital, 4900 Medical Dr., Bossier City
Friday, Jan. 4, 1:30pm – 5:30pm Wal-mart – Minden, 1379 Homer Rd., Minden
Saturday, Jan. 5, 10am – 2pm, Landers Dodge-Chrysler-Jeep, 2701 Benton Rd., Bossier City
Saturday, Jan. 5, 10:30am – 3:30pm, Wal-mart – Vivian, 929 South Pine St., Vivian

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