KSLA meteorologist will camp out on roof of LifeShare to encourage blood donations
SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - KSLA is sponsoring another blood drive with LifeShare Blood Center, but this one has a bit of a twist.
KSLA Meteorologist Andrew Brightman will spend about 36 hours on the roof of LifeShare in Shreveport to encourage people to donate blood. The LifeShare location at 8910 Linwood Ave. will have extended hours during this drive. They’ll be open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. Donation centers in Texarkana, Bossier City, and El Dorado are open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the drive.
Andrew is a longtime blood donor who wants to help inspire other young people to become blood donors. Many times, the focus of blood donation is on the recipient, and these people often have difficult battles ahead of them. What is sometimes forgotten is the joy, pride, and happiness that comes in knowing your donation is or could be changing someone’s life.
The drive starts Wednesday, Sept. 1 and continues through Thursday, Sept. 2. The goal is to collect at least 500 donations.
Times of disaster typically bring an increased need for blood, LifeShare officials say. With many in south Louisiana suffering from Hurricane Ida, which just made landfall Aug. 29, there’s no better time for a blood drive. LifeShare needs blood donors every day to help make sure patients in the area have the blood they need. 2021 looks to be one of the worst collection years in recent history for LifeShare. This has resulted in delayed treatments and surgeries for patients in the ArkLaTex.
Those interested in donating can do so at any LifeShare center in the ArkLaTex area. Click here to find one.
Donors will be given a free t-shirt and a pint of your choice from Flying Heart Brewery in Bossier City. The first 100 people who donate at the Shreveport location will be given a free KSLA/Johnny’s Pizza House/LifeShare umbrella. Johnny’s will also be randomly giving away free pizza during the donation event.
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