People encouraged to donate for World Blood Donor Day

People encouraged to donate for World Blood Donor Day

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Tuesday was World Blood Donor Day and in the wake of the tragic mass shooting in Orlando, there was no better time to give.

LifeShare Blood Centers hosted a blood drive at location on North Boulevard near Baton Rouge General Mid-City on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Any blood donated undergoes one to two days of testing to federal standards before it can be used. Officials say that is why it's so important to already have the blood donated and ready to go. It doesn't take a disaster to need blood donated.

"It's that everyday need. That everyday donor that can come in that prepares us to meet the needs of a community. Be it a patient with cancer, a hurricane hits a community or something as dramatic as the event that just occurred in Orlando, said Wendell Jones with LifeShare Blood Center.

Blood banks from all over the country sent blood in order to help those in need after the Orlando shooting. Several units of blood and plasma from Baton Rouge were sent.

"That's why we want to celebrate World Blood Donor Day to recognize those donors that are there on a regular basis, not just after an event but before it ever happens," Jones said.

Click here for more information about donating with LifeShare.

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