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By Whitney Wyatt
The Red River Sun
CHILDRESS – Last week’s blood drive was overflowing with donors who gave blood.
“I would like to thank everyone for the fantastic turnout,” said Terri Cobb, co-director of the Coffee Memorial Blood Center’s annual Kid’s, Inc. Blood Drive on Tuesday, Feb. 23 at the City Auditorium in Fair Park. “We got 37 units of blood, which was three over our goal.”
Volunteer Sue Henderson is deeply grateful for the donors. This drive was more important than usual because it was scheduled to combat the loss of blood donated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Coffee Memorial supplies the blood needs for 29 medical facilities in 31 counties in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles. Each unit donated can save up to three lives, Henderson added.
“We had a wonderful turnout,” she said. “It’s fabulous our donors would take time to give the gift of life.”
Cobb said it was the most donors they’ve had donate in a blood drive in more than two years. But because of the number of donors who turned out, they did not have enough time for everyone to donate.
“We are working on a plan to keep this from happening again,” Cobb said.
More drives are scheduled at the City Auditorium in Fair Park: April 20, May 4, June 15 and July 13. They are all from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays.
For those who would like to donate, Henderson said the entire process takes about an hour. Social distancing and restrictions on occupancy are in place, and every donor is required to wear a mask. On top of that, all surfaces are sanitized between donors. Each unit of blood is tested for COVID-19 antibodies, and test results are available post-donation to each individual.
In addition to receiving a Kid’s Inc. T-shirt and bowling pass, donors had the opportunity to vote on the school of their choice at the recent blood drive. At the time of press, the winning schools had not been released.