Auxiliary sets blood drive for next week

Published 5:40 pm Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital’s Auxiliary will host a blood drive Monday, June 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Demopolis Civic Center.

United Blood Services’ mobile unit will be parked out front.

“This is our regularly scheduled blood drive and anyone who donated in February can now donate again,” Chrissy Brooker, Director of Public Relations at the hospital, said. “(Anyone who) donated during the emergency drive in May will need to wait until our next regularly scheduled drive.”

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The need for blood, Brooker added, was at peak levels and it comes at a time of the year that is historically low in donations.

“The need for blood is still high. It’s always high,” she said. “Especially in the summer when fewer donate and more people are on the roads for vacations and things.”

To donate blood, you must be 17 or older, weigh at least 110 pounds, have not donated in the past eight weeks, and are not currently taking antibiotics. Also, UBS requires donors to show identification containing a legal name and one of the following: date of birth, social security number, UBS assigned donor number, or photo of the donor.