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Mississippi Blood Services in dire need of blood

FLOWOOD, Miss. – Mississippi Blood Services (MBS) is experiencing a critical need for donors and is asking people to come in and roll up their sleeves to help boost the blood supply in order to meet the demands of hospitals throughout the state.

There is a need for all blood types. MBS is in dire need of whole blood, double red cells or platelets and help cover the needs of hospital patients suffering from trauma or serious illness, or needing major surgery.

“This time of year traditionally sees a decline in donations. MBS is asking donors to help create a new tradition for 2017: to help keep blood available for Mississippi’s hospitals and those patients who are depending on it,” said MBS spokesperson Merle Eldridge. “Your donation can literally mean the difference between life and death for someone else. Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives.”

To find out where to give blood, visit msblood.com to locate a blood drive nearby. Draw station listings are also available on the website.

There is also the MBS App for smartphones or tablets.

Donors must be at least 16 years old but 16 and 17 year-olds must have a signed parental consent to donate.

One must also weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID.

For more information on how to give, visit msblood.com or call (888) 90-BLOOD (902-5663) for more information.

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