Blood donations at critical levels in Mississippi

Published 6:39 pm Thursday, January 4, 2018

The Mississippi Blood Services have declared a declared a crisis due to dwindling blood supplies in the state.

According to a report by The Clarion Ledger, Mississippi Blood Services saw a 25 percent decrease in donors during December leading to the crisis. According to Mississippi Blood Services, hundreds of pints of blood are needed every day throughout the state.

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Emily Austin, a spokeswoman for Mississippi Blood Services, told the Ledger that Blood Services “hit the panic button” due to the shortage.

Austin added that Blood Services typically sees a drop in donation during this time of year, but the flu season and cold weather have made the drop worse this year and other states don’t have reserves to share with Mississippi.

Blood can be donated at the Mississippi Blood Services office in Flowood by appointment and there will also be a blood drive hosted by Delta Sigma at the Walmart in Vicksburg Jan. 27 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Blood drives can be set up by calling Mississippi Blood Services’ donor resources at 601-638-2634. To set up a drive you must have a location and 25 people who are interested in donating blood.

To see if you are eligible to donate blood you can check

The Associated Press contributed to this report.