Blood shortage following Hurricane Harvey, LifeShare in need of hundreds of donations

The video sometimes difficult to watch the devastation continuing to play out across the south east.
Houston hit hard. 
The needs great from water rescues to shelter and food. 
And something else in short supply: blood. 
The local blood center LifeShare is looking to the Twin Cities for help. 
 
"We just want to give more people and opportunity to donate. If they are willing to come and give blood for this community and those areas in the south that are impacted. We want to do all we can to make it work for their schedule,"  said Tina Martinez, Executive Director of Marketing for LifeShare. 
 
During a time, when a natural disaster has left parts of the southeast region destroyed.  Just an hour of someone's time could potentially save a life. 
 
Flooding also wreaking havoc on blood centers in  two Louisiana locations in Alexandria and Lake Charles.
Right now both are closed.   
And another in Beaumont, Texas also forced to shut it's doors. 
Leaving the organization short of more than 500 donations.  
Blood needed now more than ever.  
 
There are hundreds of blood donations used everyday just in this community. If that gives you an idea of how many donations are needed. So when you think about an area like southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana where no donations could take place for a few days. That's a huge need that some other area we hope will support," Martinez said.  
 
Support that will be spread pretty far. 
Helping not only those treated at nearby hospitals. 
But, also in flooded areas with blood shortages. 
Meaning a donation could put a smile on someone's face or even save a life hundreds of miles away in a neighboring state. 
 
"There is no better way to show than truly giving of yourself. And we are just asking people to think about if you were in that situation. Or if your  loved one was and somebody had to give to you that was a complete stranger. Be there and pay it forward."
 
LifeShare hours have been extended 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. until Thursday. 
However, that could possibly change with the side effects of Hurricane Harvey coming to the Ark-La-Miss. 

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