Baton Rouge blood services seeking donors to help Orlando shooting victims
BATON ROUGE – United Blood Services is calling on the public to help to send blood to Florida to help save the lives of dozens of people injured in the mass shooting in Florida.
United Blood Services issued the call to Baton Rouge donors Sunday afternoon. The organization has already sent O positive and O negative blood Sunday afternoon. United Blood Services plans to send AB Plasma to Orlando Monday.
“When tragedy strikes, it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives,” Mitzi Breaux, Marketing and Communications Manager of United Blood Services, said. “That’s why we rushed to help the Orlando community and why we are asking donors now to replenish this area’s blood supply.”
Anyone interested in helping can donate at the donor center at 8234 One Calais, the service road at I-10 and Essen in Baton Rouge.
The organization says the donor center takes donations every day except Thursday. Donors can call 877-827-4376 or visit the United Blood Services website to schedule an appointment. Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health.
Donors can save about 20 minutes by completing their Fast Track Health History online the day they donate.
“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!” Breaux said.