2018-01-11 / Front Page

Emergency blood drive Jan. 13

Within the past week Shepeard Community Blood Center released a series of urgent calls to help for blood donations in light of a recent shortage. The organizations reported that it is in need of O Negative, B Negative, B Positive, and A Nega­tive blood, and requested that all willing and able bodies consider donating.

In an effort to aid in the shortage, a blood drive will be held on Saturday, January 13, at Lincolnton Baptist Church from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

“If only one more percent of all Americans would give blood, blood shortages would disappear for the foreseeable future. Be part of that one percent today,” officials released, alongside the call for com­munity aid.

“Over the years there’s been a steady decline in donors willing to come in on a regular basis and donate blood. People are playing catch up from the holidays and are busy getting back into the swing of their normal routines. Naturally, blood donations are most likely the furthest thing from their minds,” Kevin Belanger, Shepeard’.s. Presi­dent/ .

CEO, reported. “We know people’s lives are hectic this time of year, but unfortunately patients don’t have the luxury to wait until the blood comes. This is a life and death matter for many and they must depend on strangers, blood donors, to give this medical necessity.”

Regarding those who are a O Negative blood type, Shepeard noted that this is the most needed of blood types because anyone can receive it. It is known as the “.uni­versal blood type,” because it is used during emergencies when there is no time to cross match.

“A steady stream of O Negative blood donors is essential to the health of the local blood supply and the patients in our community!” Belanger added.

At the time of the original release, The Shepeard Community Blood Center had less than a one-day sup­ply of O Negative on-hand.

As the provider of all blood and blood products to 21 area hospitals, Shepeard depends on the blood donations of local community mem­bers, like those in Lincolnton, and the surrounding areas.

Furthermore, should donating be taken into consideration, the orga­nization encourages all donors to bring a friend with them. Each blood donation can help to save three local lives, according to Shepeard, and by bringing a friend to donate there’s a potential to help to save six lives.

Regardless of the shortage, the need for blood is always present, and any effort to help the commu­nity are greatly needed and greatly appreciated.

Participants who are healthy and well, weigh at least 110 pounds, and are at least 17 years old are invited to participate in the blood drive and be someone’s “hero” by donating blood at Lincolnton Baptist Church or one of Shepeard’s Augusta-area centers.

Remember to drink lots of water the day before and eat a full meal at least one hour before donating. Also, don’t forget to take either a Shepeard Blood Donor Card or picture ID.

For more information, contact Shepeard coordinators at 706-737- 4551 or visit the Shepeard Commu­nity Blood Center website at www.shepeardblood.org.

To find a center to donate at, visit the link mentioned above, and click “Find a Place to Donate.”

Return to top