SHEFFIELD — Local blood supplier LifeSouth Community has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations as the supply has reached a critical low.
Jody St. John, assistant regional director in the Shoals office in Sheffield, said the widespread flu outbreak, winter weather in Alabama and Georgia and higher-than-normal usage by local hospitals have caused a decrease in the blood supply.
“We don’t put out emergency appeals lightly,” St. John said. “When we do, you can trust it is an emergency.”
All blood types are needed, but according to a LifeSouth press release, AB-positive, AB-negative, A-negative and O-negative are in the shortest supply.
The emergency appeal for blood began Friday when anticipated winter weather canceled or negatively affected donation drives. Since that time, donations have begun to pick up, but because the supply became so depleted, it is still at an emergency level, according to the release.
“While we have seen more donors in the past few days, it’s going to take many more to overcome this current shortage,” said LifeSouth’s Vice President of Operations J.B. Bowles.
The two local donor centers are inside Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital in Florence and behind Helen Keller Hospital in Sheffield.
The Shoals regional headquarters in Sheffield serves all of Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties and a portion of Lawrence County.
Jennifer Edwards can be reached at 256-740-5754 or jennifer.edwards@TimesDaily.com.LifeSouth blood donor centers Florence Donor Center, 256-765-7038; inside Eliza Coffee Memorial Hospital; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday Sheffield Donor Center, 256-383-3535; 1208 S. Jackson Highway, behind Helen Keller Hospital; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday