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The Blood Center will remain closed today, citing unsafe travel conditions for donors trying to make their way to help out.

The organization remains critically low on donations because of the two-day closure.

'We have had two days with no blood collected,' said Amanda Chittenden, the organization's public relations manager.'At a time when blood donations typically decline, this has put the community blood supply at an unsafe and critical level. We strongly urge donors of all blood types to donate this week to help us get the lifesaving blood components that are needed by our hospitals for their patients. As a community, it is all of our responsibility to ensure a safe a stable blood supply.'

It's the second consecutive day the center has been closed, leaving it in dire need. Tuesday, the organization said it must collect between 300-350 pints of blood each day.

Donors must be in good health, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. Sixteen year olds can donate, but only if they weigh 130 pounds and have signed a parental consent form.

LIST OF BLOOD DONOR CENTERS & HOURS

Thursday, January 30th, from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Metairie Donor Center: 2617 Edenborn, (504) 887-2833
Hammond Donor Center: 42268 Veterans Ave., (985) 542-0263
Slidell Donor Center: 1337 Gause Blvd., (985) 641-4400
Mandeville Donor Center: 4350 Hwy. 22 (985) 626-4937
West Bank Donor Center: 2701 Manhattan Blvd. (504) 263-1190
Laplace Donor Center: 123 Belle Terre Blvd. (985) 652-9256
Denham Springs Donor Center: 1951 Florida Ave. (225) 791-2291
Thibodaux Donor Center: 329 North Canal Blvd. (985) 447-1774
Galliano Donor Center: 115 W. 42nd St., Cutoff (985) 693-6566
Gulfport Donor Center: 14283 B Dedeaux Rd. (228) 539-8077
Gautier Donor Center: 1408 Hwy 90 (228) 497-7160
Picayune Donor Center: 318 Memorial Blvd. (601) 798-9693

Community Blood Drives for Thursday, January 30th:
Clearview Mall-Target Wing: 12 pm-7 pm
Tulane University-Drill Rd: 10 am-5 pm
Mandeville Middle School: 2 pm-6:30 pm

Friday, January 31st, hours extended until 5 pm
Metairie Donor Center: 7 am-5 pm; 2617 Edenborn, (504) 887-2833
Hammond Donor Center: 11 am-7 pm; 42268 Veterans Ave., (985) 542-0263
Slidell Donor Center: 7 am-5 pm; 1337 Gause Blvd., (985) 641-4400
Mandeville Donor Center: 9 am-5 pm; 4350 Hwy. 22 (985) 626-4937
West Bank Donor Center: 7 am-5 pm; 2701 Manhattan Blvd. (504) 263-1190
Thibodaux Donor Center: 9 am-5 pm; 329 North Canal Blvd. (985) 447-1774
Picayune Donor Center: 9 am-5 pm;318 Memorial Blvd. (601) 798-9693

Community Blood Drives for Friday, January 31st:
Tulane University-Drill Rd: 10 am-5 pm
LSU-Student Union: 10 am-4:30 pm

Saturday, February 1st, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Metairie Donor Center: 2617 Edenborn, (504) 887-2833
Hammond Donor Center: 42268 Veterans Ave., (985) 542-0263
Slidell Donor Center: 1337 Gause Blvd., (985) 641-4400
Mandeville Donor Center: 4350 Hwy. 22 (985) 626-4937
West Bank Donor Center: 2701 Manhattan Blvd. (504) 263-1190
Laplace Donor Center: 123 Belle Terre Blvd. (985) 652-9256
Mathews Donor Center: 4884 Hwy. 1, Raceland (985) 532-6660
Denham Springs Donor Center: 1951 Florida Ave. (225) 791-2291
Gautier Donor Center: 1408 Hwy 90 (228) 497-7160
Picayune Donor Center: 318 Memorial Blvd. (601) 798-9693

Community Blood Drives for Saturday, February 1st:
Wal-Mart Houma West: 1 pm-6 pm
Wal-Mart Harahan (Elmwood): 12 pm-4 pm

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