(PR) -- LifeSouth Community Blood Centers faces emergency need for all blood types, and encourages the community to donate blood.
Summer is historically a slow time for blood donations due to travel and school breaks, while the need to help patients in local hospitals remains constant. The impact of summer has not only been a challenge to LifeSouth, but also to blood centers across the country.
LifeSouth asks donors to come in to a donor center or find a blood drive location on their website, www.lifesouth.org. First time donors are always welcome and encouraged to give blood donation a try. All blood types are needed, especially negative blood types and O negative, which is the universal donor and can be used by all patients in an emergency. Platelet donations are also critically needed now.
All donors receive a thank you gift, and a mini-physical, including blood pressure, temperature, iron level and cholesterol screen.
Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is needed.