Blood Center urges donations to accommodate increased military activity

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The Blood Center in New Orleans is urging all eligible donors to give blood to accommodate a potential increased need for blood donations for U.S. troops amid ongoing tension with the Middle East.

The Center does not have enough supplies and is not receiving enough daily blood collections to sustain regional transfusion needs while also meeting the potential needs of troops, according to the Center’s public relations manager, Paul Adams.

“We must be prepared to assist the efforts of our troops and our country should we be called upon,” The Blood Center President and CEO Billy Weales said. “During Desert Storm The Blood Center sent over 600 units of blood and blood products to the U.S. Military. With tension between the U.S. and Iran escalating, we need to be proactive and have blood readily available on the shelves, not only for the patients and hospitals in the communities we serve, but for the men and women in uniform who protect our country every day.”

For more information on blood donations, call (800) 86-BLOOD or visit

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