Gov. Edwards’ office plans statewide blood drive for Harvey victims

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Gov. John Bel Edwards’ Office of Programs and Planning is holding a statewide blood drive following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey.

LifeShare Blood Center is calling on those who can to help relieve the blood supply shortage and support patient needs throughout the region.

The blood drives will take place from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8 at locations around the state.

Gov. Edwards said, “My office is organizing this blood drive as part of our commitment to doing everything we can to help our neighbors in the wake of Hurricane Harvey’s devastation. Louisianans always step up in a time of crisis and pull together to help those most in need. I am asking anyone who can give to please do so either this Friday or in the near future.”

The blood drive will be held at the following locations throughout Louisiana:

  • Shreveport State Office Building – 1525 Fairfield Ave.
  • Northeast Louisiana State Office Building in Monroe – 24 Accent Dr.
  • Alexandria State Office Building – 900 Murray St.
  • Brandywine VI State Office Building in Lafayette – 825 Kaliste Saloom Rd.
  • McNeese State University, Lake Charles
  • Lether E Frazar Memorial Library – 300 Beauregard Dr.
  • Harvey State Office Building – 2150 West Bank Expressway
  • University of New Orleans, University Center, 2nd Floor – 2000 Lakeshare Dr.


LifeShare Blood Center reported more than 1,500 donations that were not able to take place because of Hurricane Harvey just in its coverage area and that number continues to grow as operations are still not fully resumed.

LifeShare Blood Center CEO Chad A. Douglas said, “In Hurricane Harvey’s destruction, many communities have not been able to donate blood to support the medical needs of local patients.”

Douglas added, “Giving blood this Friday will ensure donated blood is available for the patients that are in Louisiana hospitals and help provide for our neighbors who are experiencing such devastation in Southeast Texas.”

All blood types are needed and blood donors may also go to any volunteer blood donation center. For more information about blood donation go to lifeshare.org.
 

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