This is a critical time of year for Lifeshare Blood Center needing blood donations at their center at 1321 College Drive or at any of the 39 scheduled mobile blood drives until Christmas Eve.  Donors that donate blood during their 12 days of Christmas have a chance to win over $1500 in prizes.

Your blood can be lifesaving.  For more information log on to lifesharedot.org or call 903-794-3173.

According to a press release, in 1942 civic-minded residents who realized a blood bank was needed for emergencies created by WWII, founded the Shreveport Memorial Blood Bank. Operating as a nonprofit organization, during its 70 years the blood bank has had different names to reflect its growth and in 1996 it became LifeShare Blood Centers and now operates throughout many areas of Louisiana, East Texas and southern Arkansas.

Still a community blood center, their priority is to ensure a safe blood supply, available during all times of need. They depend on volunteer donors from these communities to make this possible.

Blood and blood components are collected from volunteers through whole blood donation and apheresis procedures for select blood components (red cells, plasma and platelets). LifeShare also provides patient treatment procedures such as therapeutic apheresis and mononuclear cell collection, as prescribed by a physician.

LifeShare Blood Center is regulated and licensed by U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB, a member of the American Rare Donor Program and an affiliate of the National Marrow Donor Program.