Lifeblood supports the Orlando community and stands ready to send blood if needed
<Memphis,TN>– In light of this weekend’s tragedy, Lifeblood, a member center of Blood Systems, supports the Orlando community. Blood Systems has sent blood to Orlando to help save the lives of dozens of people injured in the mass shooting. Lifeblood stands ready to send blood too, if asked to do so. Lifeblood is calling on area donors to donate blood to help assure there is blood on hand should the Orlando community need additional help.
Lifeblood has 5 donor centers located across the Mid-South along with mobile drives held at local businesses and places of worship. Donors may call (901) 529-6320 or visit www.Lifeblood.org to make a convenient appointment to donate.
“When tragedy strikes, it’s the blood on the shelves that saves lives,” said Danny Garrick, Executive Director of Lifeblood. “We are asking for donations to help ensure an adequate supply in the case that Orlando needs additional assistance and to also ensure that we have blood available for local patients.”
“Every 2-to-3 seconds in this country, someone needs blood. And you never know when you or someone you love will be the one. We all expect blood to be available when we need it, but only a few of those who can give actually roll up their sleeves. It’s time for everyone to get involved!” Garrick said.
Volunteer blood donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent) weigh at least 115 pounds and be in good health.
Although the US Food and Drug Administration recently changed its guidance about blood donation by men who have had sex with men, Lifeblood is still in the process of changing its computer system to address the change, and currently must defer men who have had sex with men.
Located in the heart of the Memphis medical district (1040 Madison Avenue), Lifeblood is the Memphis region’s only non-profit volunteer blood center. Lifeblood is the leading provider of blood and blood components to area hospitals, supplying more than 100,000 units for local patient transfusions each year. Lifeblood is a member of America’s Blood Centers, an alliance of community-based, non-profit blood centers. Through its neighborhood donor centers and full schedule of mobile blood drives, Lifeblood provides opportunities to donate blood throughout the year. In 2013, Lifeblood celebrated 50 years of service and 4 million lives impacted by volunteer donors in the community. On October 1, 2015 Lifeblood joined Blood Systems, one of the nation’s oldest and largest non-profit transfusion medicine organizations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit www.lifeblood.org or call 1-888-LIFEBLOOD.