Blood supplies low due to summer, virus

By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—

CHILDRESS – The Childress Community
Blood Drive is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 15, at the City Auditorium foyer
in Childress Fair Park.

“Believe in making a difference and give the
gift of life by showing up to donate blood,” said
blood drive volunteer Sue Henderson. “You can
make a difference in the lives of others.”

Henderson said Big Foot is assisting in the
effort to gather more units of blood. All donors
will receive a Big Foot T-shirt, a coupon for a
free bundtlet from Nothing Bundt Cakes and
one free entry to the Don Harrington Discovery
Center.

Strict CDC guidelines will be followed, she
added. Masks will be required for all donors.

All staff will wear masks and gloves, and all
equipment will be sanitized between donations.

All donations will be tested for COVID-19
antibodies, and test results will be available post
donation to each individual person, Henderson
explained. A photo ID will be required for everyone
who wishes to give blood. Donors who
are age 16 or 17 must have a signed parental
consent form.

“Make sure you are feeling well on that day,”
she said.

To make an appointment, call 806-331-8833
or visit yourbloodinstitute.org. Henderson said
walk-ins are welcome as the schedule allows,
but during this time of social distancing and
restrictions on occupancy, she said it is best to
schedule an appointment if possible.

“During this time of COVID-19, summer
vacations and extreme heat, blood donations
are down and greatly needed,” Henderson said.
“The only way to produce blood is from you and
your willingness to donate. We are all extremely
grateful for our faithful blood donors.”

Henderson said up to three lives can be saved
with each donation because each unit is divided
into whole blood, platelets and plasma. To have
a more pleasant experience, Henderson encourages
donors to eat a good meal within six hours
of donating and to drink plenty of water the day
before and that day.

“Drinking beverages with caffeine does tend
to lower your blood count before donation, so
drink, drink, drink water before and after,” she
said. “It is worthy of note that eating nuts before
your donation can help boost your blood count
as well as other food items high in iron.”

The whole process of registration and donating
should take about an hour, she said.

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