West Tennessee blood supply reaches critically low level

JACKSON, Tenn. — West Tennessee’s blood supply has reached a critically low level, LIFELINE Blood Services announced Tuesday.

LIFELINE says the shortage, which is caused by several issues, is a nationwide problem that also hinders their ability to import blood from other centers.

A news release states many donors have fallen out of the habit of giving, and holiday schedules can interfere with donors’ schedules, resulting in less donations.

“This is a critical shortage, and we need everyone to donate at either our Jackson or Dyersburg Center or on one of our bloodmobiles in order to save lives. You never know when you will be the one on the receiving end in the hospital needing blood,” said Melinda Reid, Marketing Manager with LIFELINE Blood Services.

Amid the shortage, donations are needed for all blood types.

LIFELINE Blood Services, located at 183 Sterling Farms Drive in Jackson, is open Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and walk-ins are welcome.

The Dyersburg center, located at 1130 Highway 51 Bypass, is open on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Community mobile blood drives this week:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 30
    Bethel Springs Elementary School – 12 pm to 5 pm
  • Thursday, Dec. 1
    Paris: First United Methodist Church –12 pm to 6pm
    Huntingdon: Cash Saver – 1 pm to 6 pm
  • Friday, Dec. 2
    South Fulton: First Community Bank –1:30 pm to 5:30 pm
  • Sunday, Dec. 4
    Jackson: Northside Assembly of God – 8:30 am to 12 pm

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