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Blood donations needed after tornado outbreak

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LAPLACE, LA (WVUE) -

The Blood Center's urging the community to come together to replenish the blood supply after yesterday's storm.
 
Some blood drives scheduled this week have been cancelled due to devastation resulting from the tornado outbreak that hit Southern Louisiana and Mississippi, affecting The Blood Center's inventory. "Donations made prior to the storm helped patients needing blood and blood components," says Paul Adams, Public Relations Manager for The Blood Center. "Now we need to replenish the diminishing inventory due to lost collections. The Blood Centers needs the community to pull together by coming forward to donate now and help our neighbors."
 
The Blood Center's LaPlace Donor Center is closed indefinitely pending repairs to the building. Donations made at any of their 12 other donation locations and mobile blood drives will go to supplying the 40 area hospital and outpatient facilities in Southeastern Louisiana and Southern Mississippi.
 
The Blood Center needs to collect 300-350 units of blood daily. Any healthy individual 17 years of age (or 16 with a parental consent) and over 110 pounds can donate whole blood every 56 days. Anyone interested in donating should call 800-86-BLOOD to schedule an appointment. Administrators ask that you bring a photo ID and be sure to eat and drink plenty of fluids prior to your donation.

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