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LifeSouth seeks donors to ease blood drought

Alabama is facing two droughts this summer: one for rain and one for blood.

LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, which supplies more than half the blood components transfused in the state, including all blood used by Decatur General Hospital, reports an emergency blood shortage.

"The shortage is seriously affecting our ability to meet hospital requests for blood. We are hundreds of units behind current demand," said Judy Russell, Alabama director for LifeSouth.

LifeSouth, located on Somerville Road Southeast in Decatur, accepts blood donors Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Its mobile blood center will be at Saints Food Mart in Town Creek on Tuesday from noon to 6 p.m., at Piggly Wiggly in Trinity on Wednesday from noon to 6 p.m., at Family Security Credit Union in Hartselle on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and at the Decatur Wal-Mart on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

- Paul Huggins

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