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MASH BASH blood drive continues today

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If you haven't already, it's time to roll up your sleeve and give the gift of life.  The 2014 MASH BASH blood drive continues today.  Wednesday, 402 units were collected, a bit short of the 450 goal for the day.  Today's goal is also 450.  LifeShare Blood Centers organizers are hoping for a total of 900 for the two day event.

Facts about blood needs (source: American Red Cross):

  • 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.
Blood donations are typically down in the summer months, so especially 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!

If you are interested in donating, please drop by one of the following locations today 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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