SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - LifeShare is opening its donation centers during the Labor Day holiday in order to maintain a stable supply in the community while continuing to help support patients in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
The non-profit community blood bank is inviting first-time and existing blood donors to give blood or platelets as soon as possible in hopes of heading off a critical shortage in the wake of the storm.
LifeShare says their donation center in Beaumont, Texas remains closed and operations continue to be inhibited in that area as well as southwest Louisiana.
"Canceled blood drives and closed centers resulted in more than 1,500 expected LifeShare blood donations not taking place due to flood conditions. LifeShare provides blood to hospitals regularly in these areas and also helps support medical teams in the Houston area with donated blood."
The following LifeShare centers will be open on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.:
2051 North Mall Dr.
3849 North Blvd.
2909 Kilpatrick Blvd.
214 Dr. Michael DeBakey Dr.
8910 Linwood Ave,
1321 College Dr.
For more information call 800.256.4483 or go to lifeshare.org.
See America's Blood Centers statement on the situation here.