As Hurricane Florence approaches the East Coast, Memorial Hospital, in collaboration with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, will host a community blood drive tomorrow from 7am-3pm to ensure there is an ample supply of blood available to help those who will be affected by the storm.
“During hurricanes, residents evacuate and blood banks are often forced to close, which slows down blood donations, leaving blood banks with low inventories of blood supply that hospitals need,” said Memorial Hospital Transfusion Services Supervisor Steve Black. “We are trying to get ahead of the storm so our hospital partners in the Carolinas have blood supplies needed for patients.”
LifeSouth not only supplies our blood products locally but in times of need they will move products to areas that have limited resources due to natural or unforeseen disasters.
Donors can donate on Thursday, Sept. 13 from 7am-3pm at the following location:
Education Classroom 4
3625 University Blvd South
Jacksonville, FL 32216
Blood donors must be 17 or older (16 with written parental consent), weigh 110 pounds or more and show photo ID.