Center opening for blood donations after explosion
BATON ROUGE - A blood center in Baton Rouge asked people for more donations to help local hospitals after a chemical plant explosion today in Geismar.
LifeShare Blood Centers provide blood for Baton Rouge General, where several people injured and burned in the explosion at the Williams Olefin chemical plant were taken.
A center spokesperson said they've provided all available O negative red blood cells and platelets to area hospitals, which are still requesting more blood. LifeShare said they're transporting in blood from Alexandria and Shreveport to help, but said donors will be needed to refill that supply.
LifeShare has opened its Baton Rouge center at 3849 North Blvd Thursday until 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Mobile blood drives are also happening this weekend at these locations:
Friday, June 14 - Wal-Mart in Central, 10200 Sullivan Rd, 12p.m. - 6p.m.
Saturday, June 15 - K-Mart in Gonzales, 115 S. Airline Hwy, 10p.m. - 4p.m.
Sunday, June 16 - Wal-Mart in Gonzales, 308 N. Airline Hwy, 10a.m. - 4p.m. , and the Wal-Mart on Siegen, 10606 N. Mall Drive, 10a.m. - 4p.m.
Drop-in donors are welcome during all those times. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call (225) 383-7728 or go to LifeShare's website.
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