Blood drives planned in wake of officer shooting

Blood drives planned in wake of officer shooting

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Many blood drives have been held in the days following the ambush shooting that killed three law enforcement officers and wounded three others, but the time to give hasn't ended.

Summer is one of the most difficult times to gain blood donations. Busy schedules packed with vacation time creates a shortage in supply. Although the Baton Rouge community stepped up in a big way following the tragedy on Sunday, July 17, blood donations are still needed.

The Office of Gov. John Bel Edwards hosted a blood drive Thursday, July 21 in the parking lot of the Louisiana State Capitol. That drive was also held in conjunction with LifeShare Blood Centers and was open to the public. The governor donated blood at the drive.

"I am humbled by the response from the city of Baton Rouge and from Louisianans all across the state to this tragedy. I encourage every one of our state employees to donate as they are able, whether at this drive or at the blood centers in their own communities," said Edwards.

LifeShare Blood Centers supplies donated blood products to more than 100 medical facilities including Baton Rouge General Hospital and Our Lady of the Lake, Baton Rouge, La.

"At the heart of our mission, we are here to provide a service those in need. We are deeply saddened by this great loss and open our doors to those taking positive steps to make our community stronger. While it is the blood given in advance of a tragedy that is used for the victims, these events underscore the importance of a stable blood supply. We welcome donors giving in memory of the fallen officers, and as always those who are giving to for patients in our community," states Tommie Langlois, spokesperson for LifeShare Blood Centers.

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