LifeSouth holds blood drives ahead of holiday season

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Here’s your chance to give the gift of life this holiday season with a blood donation.

LifeSouth says the national supply of blood is at a deficit and during the holiday season, it sees a decline in blood donations.

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The organization currently serves 70% of hospital beds in Northeast Florida so the need for blood is crucial.

If you would to help local patients by donating blood, there are blood drives happening this week at these locations:

Baptist South (14560 Old St. Augustine Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32258)

  • Thursday, November 18, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, November 19, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

UF Health Jacksonville (655 8th St. W., Jacksonville, FL 32209)

  • Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.