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By Whitney Wyatt
The Red River Sun
CHILDRESS – Residents have the opportunity to rise up and give blood at the upcoming Childress Community Blood Drive.
Scheduled from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 30 at the City Auditorium in Fair Park, blood drive volunteer Sue Henderson encourages people to rise up to the occasion and donate blood to combat the loss of blood donated during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To schedule an appointment, Henderson said to call 806-331-8833 or go to yourbloodinstitute.org. Previous donors can complete a Donor Express form online on the day of the drive at www.thegiftoflife.org. Henderson said to print it or bring their phone to the blood drive.
Walk-in donors are always welcome, but Henderson said they may experience a longer wait. Donors will receive their choice of a Rise Up & Give T-shirt, a free Jump Pass from AMP’D! Adventure Park in Amarillo and a coupon for a free tea from Water Still in Amarillo. Donors will also be entered into a drawing for a door prize.
“Blood drives have been canceled, and donations are down,” Henderson said. “Please consider giving the gift of life.”
Henderson wants to remind residents that each unit of blood can save up to three lives. Coffee Memorial Blood Center is the exclusive provider of blood and blood products for 31 counties and 29 medical facilities in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.
They are hosting monthly blood drives in Childress since they can always count on the Childress community to donate, Coffee Memorial Blood Center Executive Director Suzanne Talley said. The next drives are from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on May 4, June 15 and July 13. They all fall on Tuesdays.
Before coming to donate, Henderson recommends eating a good meal and drinking plenty of water before and after. Donors must weigh at least 110 pounds and must present a photo ID. Anyone under the age of 17 must have a parental consent form signed.
Henderson also wants people to know if a donor has recently received the COVID-19 vaccine, it will not interfere with a donation of blood.