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By Whitney Wyatt/The Red River Sun—
CHILDRESS – Blood donors who give the gift of life at the upcoming Christmas-themed Childress Community Blood Drive will receive gifts and be entered into drawings for cash.
The Childress Community Blood Drive sponsored by Coffee Memorial Blood Center is scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22 at the City Auditorium in ChildressFair Park. Every donor will receive a long sleeve T-shirt, a FandangoNOW Movie Pass and one free entry to the Discovery Center.
“During the 5 Days of Christmas promotion Dec. 19-23 there will be a drawing each day for $500 cash to help the winner with some last-minute Christmas shopping,” said blood drive volunteer Sue Henderson.
To schedule an appointment, call 806-331-8833 or visit www.yourbloodinstitute.org. Henderson said donors must have a photo ID, be 17 years old or 16 with signed parental consent form, feel well on the day of donation, weigh at least 115 pounds and not be on an antibiotic.
Walk-ins are accepted as the schedule allows, Henderson added. Because of COVID-19, masks are required. All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies to identify potential convalescent plasma donors. Tests results will be made available post-donation.
“Temperatures will be taken as you enter the door,” Henderson said. “Social distancing will occur, and all beds and chairs will be at least six feet apart.”
To have a more pleasant experience, Henderson suggests eating a good meal within the last six hours of donating blood. It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water the day before and the day of donation.
Henderson said the long-sleeve T-shirts are black with 2020 crossed through and 2021 saying Fingers Crossed as the logo.
“We are all ready for a new beginning, and you can be that new beginning for someone whose life is in need of a blood donation,” she said. “Each donation can save up to three lives. There is always a great need for blood, especially this time of the year when many regular donors are unable to give.”