The Texoma Regional Blood Center announced Wednesday it is in critical need of all negative blood types. The local blood center provides blood, blood components and special services to patients in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke counties.


The hospitals served by TRBC are Wilson N. Jones Regional Medical Center, Texoma Medical Center, Heritage Park, Red River Regional Hospital and Muenster Memorial Hospital. TRBC representative Brandy Barnard said the center is currently 40 units low.


“This happens at the end of the year because a lot of people are having their elective surgeries now because of the deductibles,” Barnard said. “One donation will actually go to three different people.”


The mobile blood donation truck was at Hoyte Dodge RAM Chrysler Jeep for most of the day Wednesday accepting donations.


Barnard said there are very few restrictions for who can donate blood. She explained you can be on medication but must weigh at least 110 pounds and be healthy.


“Even if you haven’t donated before, you can always come out and donate,” Barnard said. “Just make sure you eat a good meal, come hydrated and bring ID (identification).”


Prior to 1975 when the TRBC opened, the primary source of blood for Grayson County was the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. TRBC is a member of America’s Blood Centers and South Central Association of Blood Banks. It is accredited by the American Association of Blood Banks and is licensed by the Food & Drug Administration.


Barnard said the biggest misconception about blood donation is that there is another way.


“There is no substitute for blood,” Barnard said. “It only comes from donors. People think medicine (the medical industry) is so great that there is a substitute but there isn’t. The other thing for them to know is most medications don’t prevent you from donating blood.”


The mobile blood donation truck will be at First United Bank in Pottsboro on Thursday and the Lakeway Resale Barn in Pottsboro on Friday. Visit www.Texomablood.org for a complete calendar with donation locations and times.