Every summer LifeShare Blood Centers conduct the Mash Bash blood drive. It is a two-day event that wraps up today, Thursday, July 16, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. All donors will get a Mash Bash T-shirt and lunch or dinner. The center only had 110 units donated yesterday. Their goal was 150 units. So today they need some serious help to make up for yesterday and hit their goal of 190 units.

About 1 in 7 people entering a hospital need blood. One blood donation, approximately one pint of blood, can save up to three lives. Every donation has the potential to save someone’s life. Did you know that one pint of blood can save up to three lives? LifeShare Blood Centers in Texarkana supplies blood to 117 medical facilities in our area.

LifeShare Blood Centers regularly supplies blood components to 117 medical facilities throughout Louisiana, East Texas and South Arkansas. Founded in Shreveport, La., in 1942, it is a nonprofit community service provider governed by a volunteer board of trustees. LifeShare is a member of America’s Blood Centers and the American Rare Donor Program, is licensed by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration and accredited by AABB. For more information call 903-794-3173.

Here are some of our community friends donating blood:

Donating blood Debbie and Jimmy Rowe
Donating Blood Tanesha with Tony Beard


Donating Blood Tina Pickett

Summertime is a tough for the blood bank. People are on vacation and their normal routines are interrupted, which means the blood supply at the center in Texarkana gets dangerously low.

LifeShare Blood Center at 1321 College Drive, Texarkana, Texas, or call 903-794-3173.

Did you also know that it is good for you to donate blood? You can think of it like changing the oil in your car, its always good to get some of the old blood out that might have too much iron and other minerals in it that can build up and cause health issues.

After blood donation, testing and processing takes a minimum of 24 hours before the blood is available for patient use. Donations of all blood types are needed for constant replenishing.