UBS is the sole provider of blood for Lane and West Feliciana Parish Hospital. Donations for May and June dropped to the lowest levels in years, said Donald Clark of UBS.
"It's a problem across the country, not just locally," Clark said. "Only six percent of healthy Americans give their blood."
Clark said that the blood given through UBS at Lane and West Feliciana, stays in those communities. "People don't realize that often times the blood donated through other collection services and at other blood drives, leaves the community," he said.
Blood donated locally, stays locally, and helps patients in need of treatments.
Clark said that all blood types are needed, but O negative can be used to treat all patients.
The blood drive is open to the public. Teens 17 and older who meet weight requirements (110 lbs. or more) and who are in good health can also give blood.
Registration is not required. However, donors are encouraged to sign up online @ www.bloodhero.com - Sponsor code: LaneRegional.
Walk-ins welcome; photo i.d. required.
Donating blood is a simple, safe, life-saving and selfless gift that millions of Americans can give.
Lane Regional Medical Center and United Blood Services have joined to stress the importance of giving the gift of life through the donation of blood.