SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - KSLA News 12's United We Give, United We Live" Blood Drive is underway.
It runs from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday.
LifeShare Blood Centers representatives say that the local blood supply is critically low and that there is only enough blood to last the next two days.
Everyone who can donate blood is encouraged to donate.
One donation can help save three lives. And you never know when you or some you love will need a blood donation.
"No one has a guarantee they will make it home safe and healthy each day," says Tina Martinez, Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, LifeShare Blood Center. "Medical emergencies and accidents happen far too often, and many of us just expect blood to be there for us and our loved ones."
A statistic from the Blood Center is that 37% of the population can give blood, but only 4/100 actually do.
According to Tina Martinez, our area needs 50,000 people to donate blood to last a whole year.
"A low blood supply is a serious concern since blood can't be manufactured-someone choosing to donate is the only source," Martinez said. "Enough people must willingly donate before the patient needs it, or the outcome can be devastating."
Those interested in donating can do so at these locations:
- 8910 Linwood Ave., Shreveport
- 1523 Doctors Dr., Bossier City
- 1324 College Dr., Texarkana
There will also be mobile locations around the ArkLaTex, to find one near you click here.