I know you've heard all the reasons to donate blood, blood and, right now, the need for that blood is critical. I had heard that blood supplies were low all over the country, so, on a chance, I went to Lifeshare Blood Center and spoke with their Center Manager, Chisa Evans.

When I asked Chisa if the blood supplies were as low here in lake Charles as they are around the rest of the country, she told me that the supplies were not just low, but were critical. Right now, Lifeshare Blood Center only has one day's supply of A+ and B -. Now, A+ is one of the most common blood types and those supplies go fast.

The requirements to donate blood are pretty simple:

To donate blood or platelets, you must be in good general health, weigh at least 110 pounds, and be at least 16 years old. Parental consent is required for blood donation by 16 year olds; 16 year olds are NOT eligible to donate platelets. No parental consent is required for those who are at least 17 years old.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

By the way, voice of experience here; eat something before you donate blood. If you don't eat before you donate, you're very likely going to get light headed and may even [ass out. Having a meal before you donate will prevent that from happening.

Let's all pitch in and help get those emergency blood supplies back up where they need to be.

Roll 'em up, my friends!



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