Summer is a time of fun, but with that fun comes more accidents than any other time of the year. That influx of accidents coupled with fewer donations leads to shortages of blood products across the country. United Blood Services is our local blood donation center and supplies all hospitals in our area with critical, life-saving products.

The company is calling on communities across the area to come together for blood drives and to make an appointment this week. Ideally, a given center will have a 3-day blood supply on hand at all times to meet the needs of 35 area hospitals. This gets harder and harder as people leave town for vacation and get busy with summer activities. Did you know you could save 3 lives with a single blood donation?

United Blood Services urges both existing and first-time donors of all blood types to visit www.bloodhero.com or call 337-235-5433 for more information. This Thursday and Friday, Townsquare Media Lafayette is teaming up with United Blood Services for Race Against The Clock. For more than 9 years, the TSM group of radio stations has been a part of the marathon donation event. We invite you to join us this year as we work toward our goal of 700 pints of blood.