All it would take would be one multi-vehicle car crash with several serious injuries. An incident such as that could have officials at area hospitals and United Blood Services scrambling to get needed blood for victims processed and available. The blood supply for the Acadiana area is critically low. Your help is needed to insure that blood will be available should something awful happen in our community.

It's no secret that blood supplies usually get low this time of year but Mitzi Breaux with United Blood Services in Lafayette says this year's situation has grown quite dire.

Unfortunately, due to high patient usage and fewer donations from the public, we find it necessary to alert the public about the dire need for all blood types, especially the Rh negative types. If you are eligible to donate, please give now!

Breaux said in her comments in a press release from United Blood Services that this is an emergency appeal for all blood types. Especially Rh negative types. She went on to say that the current blood supply has been depleted to a less than one day supply on the shelf.

Any one who is 16 years old or older may donate blood. The prospective donor must weight at least 116 pounds and be in good health. For specific details on blood donation requirements visit the UBS website.

If you'd like to make a blood donation and expedite your time at the blood center or mobile blood location you may fill out the Health History Questionnaire in advance. This allows the donor to bypass the interview process.

Donors may also make an appointment for a specific time by visiting the UBS site. You may also earn special prizes by joining the UBS rewards program.

You can donate at the UBS Lafayette Donor Center- 1503 Bertrand Drive: 

Monday- 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday- 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday – 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Thursday- 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Saturday- 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Sunday – 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.