An early morning shooting rampage in Tuscaloosa, Ala., injured a woman and three children, but the other crisis in this terrifying ordeal is the fact that because area agencies did not have enough blood to help the family, they all had to be transported to hospitals in Birmingham.
United Blood Services in Meridian serves 52 hospitals in east Mississippi and west Alabama.
"We can put a face to the situation that happened in Alabama," said Susan Morris of UBS public relations. "Today is different than other days. They are in a critical situation and patients lives are hanging in the balance and it is up to us to do our part."
The need for blood is real and the problem critical not only on a local level but nationally as well.
A blood drive was already scheduled in Meridian Thursday. Morris says all blood types are needed, especially O positive and O negative. These can be immediately transfused.
United Blood Services at 1115 25th Avenue in Meridian is open for regular business hours Monday through Friday.
For more information, you may call 601-934-9308.