Help Summer Blood Shortages – Give Blood During LifeSouth’s Back to School Blood Drive

Press release from LifeSouth Community Blood Centers

As the national blood shortage continues, LifeSouth asks donors to help by donating blood during their Back to School Blood Drive. Blood donors who give blood at any LifeSouth donor center or bloodmobile between Saturday, July 24, and Sunday, August 8, will help summer blood shortages, save lives, and receive a $20 e-gift card.

This year continues to be difficult for LifeSouth and blood centers across the country, with the impact of the pandemic causing a decrease in blood donations while the need to help patients in local hospitals continues to increase. LifeSouth is the primary provider of blood to UF Health, the VA Medical Center, and North Florida Regional Medical Center. 

Regular blood donors who have not given recently and first-time donors can make a major impact by donating. One donation can save up to three lives. 

To find a donor center near you, visit lifesouth.org or call 888-795-2707. Blood donors must be at least 17 or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good health. A photo ID is required. LifeSouth donors receive a complimentary cholesterol screening with each donation.