Blood Assurance is in critical need of both positive and negative types of A and O blood. Anyone who is able to give blood is asked to donate to replenish the local blood supply.

“It won’t be long before the cold and flu season hits us hard, which always means shortages in the blood inventory,” said Hisey. “We need everyone to look at the last time they donated and realize, it is time to help out again!”

As the only regional blood center in the area, Blood Assurance is responsible for providing blood products to all hospitals and healthcare facilities in the region.

Blood Assurance locations are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 pm. on Saturdays. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. There is no upper age restriction for donating blood. For a location near you or to locate a bloodmobile in your area, call 1-800-962-0628 or visit

Walker County Messenger