HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The annual fall blood drive at Jones County Junior College was off to a good start Monday with over a hundred donors doing their share to help local hospitals.
The three day long blood drive in the Bobcat Gym's game room helps United Blood Services give area hospitals a blood surplus following the summer months where donations are typically down.
During the JCJC blood drive, United Blood Services collected red blood cells, platelets, and plasma. Beverly Clark with UBS says the organization is hoping to collect 150 units of blood during each day of the drive.
"These donors, most of them started when they were in high school. They learned the importance of giving blood. The wonderful faculty and staff here at JC encourages the students to participate, so they are just awesome," said Clark.
Clark says the use of blood products has increased due to cancer patients and accident victims needing platelets and transfusions.