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Baton Rouge blood center asks for donations in time for blood shortage

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

The Blood Center of Baton Rouge say they are in dire need of donations. The center services more than 40 hospitals and is asking for help during one of their busiest times of the year.

"We need everything," said recruitment supervisor Bridget Landry. 

The summer months are usually rough for blood banks. Families go on vacation, kids have a long break from school, and people take off from work. All of these distractions mean fewer people take time to donate blood.

Landry said the summer break for students has a great impact. Students provide about 25 percent of blood donations.

"Whenever the need is the greatest, it's almost too late," she said. "You almost never know when you are going to need blood."

This time of year in particular, a large supply is often quite needed. Hurricane season and disaster relief often call for lots of blood on short notice.

"Usage goes up and your collections go down," she said. In particular, the center needs O negative blood. It is a universal donor and is often used in newborns and during disaster recovery. All other blood types are welcome as well.

Landry said she hopes people consider taking time to donate. The blood donation process takes about 45 minutes.

"It feels great to be able to do something to impact someone's life in a positive way," she said.

If anyone is interested in donating, visit the thebloodcenter.org to find the nearest location.

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