LifeShare Blood Centers

Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers announced the creation of its first endowment Wednesday made possible by a loyal blood donor who quietly bequeathed a life insurance policy to the blood bank. The endowment, currently $10,000, will serve like a savings account that will grow in perpetuity, according to LifeShare CEO Margaret Wallace.

Kate Archer Kent

Shreveport-based LifeShare Blood Centers says its supply of O-negative and B-negative blood has dropped to very low levels and it’s urging anyone with these blood types to donate, if possible. 

It’s ramped up its donation events with 40 planned over the next four days in north and central Louisiana and south Arkansas. LifeShare spokeswoman Tina Hooper said donations normally dip during the holidays and that means the supply in January is generally a bit lower. She said LifeShare is drawing on its reserves with only about a two-day supply on hand.