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LifeSouth in need of blood donors

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

LifeSouth could face serious blood supply shortages if donors don't step forward. 

LifeSouth in North Alabama is responsible for almost 100 percent of the blood supply to 12 hospitals in 10 counties and to other hospitals as needed. 

LifeSouth's Vice President, JB Bowles, said part of the challenge is that only about five percent of Americans donate regularly.

"Shortages are something we battle every summer, and we're already facing a shortage of O-negative blood that's so important for emergencies," said Bowles. "For those people who donate regularly, now is the time we need you most, and for those who have never donated, now is the time to try." 

Although donations have already dropped, July 7 is the time when supplies are expected to become even worse. 

"We always see an even steeper drop in donations around The Fourth (of July) because people are busy celebrating, but the accidents that come with the holiday travel can spike the demand for blood," said Bowles. "The need climbs even higher when surgeries that were postponed during the holiday all quickly ramp up Monday."

Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required. 

For more information on donation, call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795-2707 or visit www.lifesouth.org

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