ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB) - The shutdown is affecting blood supply across the state and here in Central Louisiana. Life Share Blood Centers buses were out in full force on Saturday to replenish their critically low blood supply.
The lack of blood comes from people not donating during the holiday season, combined with the shutdown stopping groups involved with the federal government from donating.
For example, a donor recruiter said they usually get frequent donations from federal prisons when they visit their training centers, but right now they are not training.
The recruiter said every unit of blood counts.
"That unit can be the difference in somebody's life," said recruiter Mark Lioret. "What I always tell people and it's frustrating, we hear a lot of oh not today, I don't have time not today. Thirty minutes of your time can mean a lifetime to somebody."
The recruiter said if you see the Life Share bus out and about, stop and donate.
For more information on how to sign up a larger group, visit the attached link.