Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Programs and Planning is holding a statewide blood drive on Friday, September 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at locations around the state. Following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey, LifeShare Blood Center is calling on those who can to help relieve the blood supply shortage and support patient needs throughout the region.
“My office is organizing this blood drive as part of our commitment to doing everything we can to help our neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation,” said Gov. Edwards. “Louisianans always step up in a time of crisis and pull together to help those most in need. I am asking anyone who can give to please do so either this Friday or in the near future.”
The blood drive will be held at the following locations throughout Louisiana:
LifeShare Blood Center reported more than 1,500 donations that were not able to take place because of Hurricane Harvey just in its coverage area and that number continues to grow as operations are still not fully resumed.
“In Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, many communities have not been able to donate blood to support the medical needs of local patients. Giving blood this Friday will ensure donated blood is available for the patients that are in Louisiana hospitals and help provide for our neighbors who are experiencing such devastation in Southeast Texas,” said Chad A. Douglas, CEO, LifeShare Blood Center.
All blood types are needed and blood donors may also go to any volunteer blood donation center. For more information about blood donation go to lifeshare.org.