NEW ORLEANS (BRPROUD) — Louisianans are being asked to make blood donations for those affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida.

“We are asking all potential donors, current and first-timers, to commit to donating blood or platelets as soon as possible. In case of an emergency, it’s the blood donated yesterday that will save a patient today,” said Billy Weales, president and CEO of The Blood Center. “Donors in neighboring states were there for us in our time of need after Ida. We need to be prepared to help them if asked, but current blood supplies are dangerously low locally and throughout the entire country.” 

Upcoming The Blood Center mobile drives in the Baton Rouge area:

  • Pointe Coupee School Board on Sept. 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • MALCO Theatres & Premier Lanes in Gonzales on Sept. 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
  • Denham Springs Donor Center Mobile on Oct. 4 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

To donate, donors are to be in good health, weigh 110 pounds minimum and be at least 17 years old. For more information or to schedule an appointment, visit TheBloodCenter.org or call 800-86-BLOOD.

Another blood center, Vitalant, said on Thursday that it is asking those eligible to donate to help Hurricane Ian survivors. A spokesperson from Vitalant said the blood center is ready to ship blood products to Florida upon request.

To make an appointment, visit Vitalant.org.