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State blood centers reporting dangerously low supplies

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MONROE, LA. (KNOE 8 News) - The nonprofit LifeShare Blood Centers is reporting that, statewide, their supplies of certain blood types are running dangerously low.

LifeShare confirmed to KNOE 8 News that they usually keep a six-day supply of blood type O-, the universal donor, but now they're down to just a day-and-a-half's supply.

They are also struggling to fill types B, A and AB.

LifeShare attributes the reason behind the shortage to be the holiday season. They say many people either don't have the time or forget to donate around this time of the year. The centers also lose their school blood drives with them being out for the holiday. They say blood drives make up 80% of their supplies.

To combat this shortage, LifeShare representatives in Monroe say all they can do is raise awareness and encourage as many people as possible to come in and donate blood.

There are two blood drives scheduled for Jan. 4. One is in Monroe from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Wal-Mart on Lamy Lane. The other is in West Monroe at the Super 1 Foods on Cypress Street from 2 - 6 p.m.

If you'd like to schedule a donation appointment, you can give the Monroe center a call at (318) 322-4445.

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