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CRITICAL need for blood donors

Jan 18, 2013 - Jan 25, 2013 See Schedule

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United Blood Services announces CRITICAL need for blood donors

Meridian, MS — United Blood Services today announced a critical appeal for type O positive and RH negative ( O negative, A negative, B negative) blood donors. The weather combined with the flu/cold season has caused numerous blood drive and donor appointment cancellations.

United Blood Services has less than a one-day supply of blood types O positive, O negative, A negative and B negative. Currently, there are 121 hospitals orders for type O, 8 orders for type B negative and 33 orders for type A negative waiting to be filled.

The Meridian Center is located at 1177 Bonita Lakes Circle, Meridian, MS. Donors may call 601-482-2482 or visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org to make a convenient appointment to donate.

Monday
9 a.m.
7 p.m.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
CLOSED

Friday
8 a.m.
4:30 p.m.

Saturday
8 a.m.
2 p.m.

Sunday
Noon
6 p.m.

For those who hesitate to travel, bloodmobiles are out in the community and also open to the public. By calling the number above or going to www.bloodhero.com, donors can inquire about blood mobile locations.

“Every 2-to-3 seconds in this country, someone needs blood. And you never know when you or someone you love will be the one. We all expect blood to be available when we need it, but only a few of those who can give actually roll up their sleeves. It’s time for everyone to get involved!” J.W.Chapman, Satellite Center Director said.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.

United Blood Services has been this area’s non-profit community blood provider since the 1950s and serves patients in 74 hospitals in Mississippi and West Alabama. The United Blood Services network is one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit blood service organizations, and is a founding member of America’s Blood Centers and the AABB.