Mar. 29, 2013 – If you have the time this spring break, you should consider doing the right thing and donate blood.
According to LifeSouth, hospitals face blood shortages during spring break.
They said it is one of the most difficult times of the year for community hospitals.
Schools and colleges close and people prepare for vacations, prompting a dramatic decline in the
blood donations that are essential for local hospitals to function.
A rise in traffic accidents due to increased travel leads to a higher number of blood transfusions.
This causes the community’s blood supply to drop to critically low levels just when it is needed most.
LifeSouth said Local hospitals have already begun to feel the impact of spring break on the
community’s blood supply, and anticipate even lower levels throughout the holiday weekend.
Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health.
A photo ID is also required.
For a list of blood drive locations or information about blood donation or hosting blood drives, please call LifeSouth at 770-538-0500 or go to www.lifesouth.org.
Copyright Glory 1330 2013