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LifeSouth holding blood drives in area this week

LANETT — The LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, Inc. bloodmobile was in the local area on Monday. It was stationed outside CVS Pharmacy in Lanett for much of the day.

“We do well when we come here and across the highway at Kroger,” said Rhonda Kendrick.

“The holidays really hurt us. We need all types of blood right now, especially O+ and O-.”

Blood supplies usually drop over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. It’s a combination of donations dropping some because of all the distractions that are going on and a rise in the need for blood at hospitals because of an increase in accidents.

LifeSouth supplies blood to hospitals such as EAMC in Opelika and EAMC-Lanier in Valley.

“When you donate blood to LifeSouth, you are helping save lives right here at home,” said Melinda Hinds with LifeSouth.

Hinds said that LifeSouth is continuing its New Year’s promotion into the middle of January.

“Each donor gets a Fandango movie ticket and a LifeSouth t-shirt for donating,” she said. “While supplies last, all blood donors will receive a movie ticket.”

The offer is good through Jan. 15 and entitles the holder to see any movie at a Fandango partner until Dec. 31, 2019. Donors must be at least 17 years of age, weigh 110 pounds or more and show a photo ID.

All LifeSouth donors receive a recognition item and free cholesterol screening.

There will be LifeSouth blood drives in Phenix City and Roanoke on Tuesday, in Auburn on Wednesday, in Wedowee and Opelika on Thursday, in Reeltown and Auburn on Friday and at Hobby Lobby in LaGrange and at Kroger in Tiger Town on Saturday.

From 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. EST on Sunday, Jan. 13, the bloodmobile will be at the Loyd Presbyterian Church, located on the Upper Glass Bridge Road between West Point and LaGrange.