Blood Center Seeking Urgent Donations Before Thanksgiving

Published 11/18 2013 03:01PM

Updated 11/26 2013 06:50PM

The Meek Blood Center is seeking healthy people to come in and donate blood due to a current shortage.

The blood bank is currently in a shortage after cancelling two blood drives due to the winter storm that hit last Friday, and the number of accident victims who needed blood as a result of the many traffic accidents over the weekend.

The Meek Blood Center is asking for as many donors as possible, stating the importance and ever-present need for blood donations even beyond the current shortage.

On a regular day, the center sees around 60 people.

"We're more than half low," donor recruiter Frances Baker said. "It's below fifty-percent and that is really low."

According to the Meek website, "each day blood donors serve as a lifeline to cancer patients, newborn babies, surgical patients, accident or trauma victims, dialysis patients and those with chronic anemia or blood disorders."

The Meek Blood Center serves a 12 county area, providing blood for 15 hospitals and medical facilities.

They center is located at 1150 N 18th St and will be open Wednesday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The center will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

In order to donate blood, you must be in healthy condition and weigh at least 120 lbs. For other requirements, they ask to call them at (325) 670-2805.

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