United Blood Services is raising awareness of the importance to donate blood at least three times a year.
The month of May marks the end of school, graduations, family gatherings, and the peak of family vacations. It’s also the time where the United Blood services see a drastic decline in blood donations.
“If you were in need of a blood transfusion. Would you accept it? Probably so, because you know it’s going to save your life,” said Mitzi Breaux the Manager of Marketing and Communications at United Blood Services.
There are fewer blood drives held in the summer months, but more activity in hospitals. Mitzi Breaux, said there’s an increase in accidents and elective surgeries during this time that spikes the blood usage.
“We all have to do our part to ensure that blood is always available and on the shelf before an emergency happens, before a cancer patient needs five transfusions of platelets before a burned victim needs plasma transfusions. It needs to already be there,” said Breaux.
United Blood Services have blood donations across Acadiana.
- Walmart in Abbeville= 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- City Hall in downtown Lafayette= 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
- Delta Media in Carencro= 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Walmart in New Iberia= 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Crowley, Post Office= 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Ambassador Town Center= 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.