LifeSouth in desperate need of blood, platelet donations

Special to The Times

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers faces emergency need for all blood types, and encourages the community to donate blood. A blood drive will be held on Friday, August 26 from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. at Stockbridge High School, located at 151 Old Conyers Road in Stockbridge.

LifeSouth only uses the word “emergency” when the reserve supply to restock area hospitals drops below a two-day level. All blood types are needed, but the shortage is most acute for negative blood types, especially O-negative, which is the universal donor and can be used by all patients in an emergency. Platelet donations are also critically needed.

“When we fall behind, catching up is a challenge. We need the help of our donors and new donors today to overcome this,” Bowles said.

Donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also needed. LifeSouth’s donor center in McDonough is located at 329 Westridge Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253. LifeSouth’s bloodmobiles will also be out at many locations in coming days.

For additional information call LifeSouth at 888-795-2707 or visit