Texoma Regional Blood Center is looking for donors. Since the blood center is still critically low on all types of blood, the community blood bank is not only looking for blood donors, they are also looking for entities willing to host blood drives.
If members of the community donated blood just one additional time each year, Texoma Regional Blood Center Donor Recruiter Brandy Barnard said that the center would not be facing a shortage.
“Depending on the type of donation an individual is giving, he or she can donate up to six times a year,” she said. “If everyone in the community donated just one additional time a year, we would be doing really good. We have a pretty large community and we can do it.”
At the beginning of the year, it is normal for the blood center to be low on all types of blood, Texoma Regional Blood Center Donor Recruiter Brandy Barnard said Saturday.
“One of the no. 1 reasons that we are low this time of the year is the flu,” she said. “Since people are sick with the cold and flu and are just not feeling well, our regulars are not coming in to donate.”
Another reason the center is low is because at the end of the year, hospitals ask for more blood.
“A lot of people have their elective surgeries at the end of the year when they have already met their deductibles,” Barnard said. “So during the month of January, we are playing catch up from what we had to put out at the end of the year.”
One of the center’s big initiatives, the National Blue Blood Drive ended on Jan. 9. Barnard said that drives like this are particularly important for many reasons.
“Drives serve as a reminder to the community that we are here and that we need the community’s help,” she said. “We need all types of blood. It is about sharing and getting the word out. It was about showing love to the police and those who serve us as well.”
Another time of the year that the blood center faces shortages is when college and high school students are not in school.
“Those are times when people are generally on vacation or traveling and so they are not available to donate,” Barnard said. “We also have a lot of blood drives at area schools and when we do not have that population of individual’s donating, we generally have shortages.”
The Texoma Regional Blood Center was founded in 1975 with the help of local doctors Emmet Essin, John Steel and others. Each year, the center receives around 10,000 donations.
To donate blood an individuals must be 17 years of age or older. There is no upper age limit. The individual must weigh 110 lbs. and must be feeling well. For more information on requirements, visit http://www.TexomaBlood.org or for questions about temporary and permanent disqualifications, call 903-893-4313.
Here is a list of places the blood mobile through the rest of January: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at First Methodist Sherman, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday at Parkview Apartments Sherman, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday at Red River ER Sherman, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday at Texas Roadhouse Sherman, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 Bonham Family Life Center, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 29 Montesorri Academy Sherman, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jan. 30 Holiday Inn Express Sherman, and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Texoma Medical Center Denison.