Tuesday marks World Blood Donor Day, and Mississippi Blood Services is urging anyone and everyone to donate as the summer months are often when blood donations decline.
According to Merle Eldridge, the director at Mississippi Blood Services, the state is currently unable to fulfill hospital needs due to a deficiency in blood supply. There is also a nationwide shortage, which is preventing Mississippi from being able to receive any exported blood from National Blood Services.
“There is no blood anywhere,” Eldridge said during Tuesday’s episode of The Gallo Show. “Pretty much, every state is having to hold their own blood, and right now, we’re only collecting about 80% of what we need.”
Mississippi Blood Services holds anywhere from 8 to 10 blood drives throughout the state every, single day with the donation process taking less than an hour. If you’d like to donate, click here to learn more.