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Give the Gift of Life: MASH BASH blood drive underway

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MASH BASH Blood Drive is Wednesday & Thursday MASH BASH Blood Drive is Wednesday & Thursday
SHREVEPORT, La. - Roll up your sleeve!  The annual MASH BASH blood drive is happening Wednesday and Thursday in the ArkLaTex. Area blood centers really need your help this week as blood supplies are typically low this time of year. Anyone who is 16 years or older and in good health is encouraged to donate. 

One unit of blood can save up to four lives.  Here are more facts about blood donation that you may not know:

  • Every two seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.
  • More than 41,000 blood donations are needed every day.
  • A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
  • The average red blood cell transfusion is approximately 3 pints.
  • The blood type most often requested by hospitals is Type O.
  • The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs.
  • Sickle cell disease affects more than 70,000 people in the U.S. About 1,000 babies are born with the disease each year. Sickle cell patients can require frequent blood transfusions throughout their lives.
  • More than 1.6 million people were diagnosed with cancer last year. Many of them will need blood, sometimes daily, during their chemotherapy treatment.
  • A single car accident victim can require as many as 100 pints of blood. 
     (source: American Red Cross)

CLICK HERE FOR BLOOD DONATION MYTHS

If you are interested in donating, please drop by one of the following locations on Wednesday or Thursday between 10am & 8pm (Linwood location opens at 8am):

LifeShare Blood Centers (opens at 8am)

8910 Linwood Avenue

Shreveport, LA

LifeShare Blood Centers

1523 Doctors Drive

Bossier City, LA

University Health (BRI Atrium)

1501 E. King Hwy

Shreveport, LA

Walmart Westport

LifeShare Bus

6235 Westport Avenue

Shreveport, LA

Pierre Bossier Mall

LifeShare Bus

2950 E. Texas Street

Bossier City, LA

Minden Civic Center

520 Broadway Street

Minden, LA

LifeShare Blood Centers

1321 College Drive

Texarkana, TX

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