Laurel Community Blood Drive-Thanksgiving blood drive

Laurel Community Blood Drive-Thanksgiving blood drive

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - This is a news release from the United Blood Service.

Every year, most of us celebrate Thanksgiving the same way:  family, feasting and football. These are all good, of course. But there is another tradition we might consider adding. We can donate blood!

“As we know, hospitals don’t close for the holidays,” said Beverly Clark, Sr. Donor Recruitment Representative at United Blood Services.  “The blood you donate now can save someone’s life. Could there be a better gift to give?”   Clark adds, “Donating in November is a great way to start the holiday season because it reminds us that one person can truly make a difference.”

Donate blood at the Laurel Community Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 24 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cameron Center, located at 711 North 10th Avenue.  All donors will receive a fresh-baked pie from Kroger's .

All donors who donate in November will receive an "Answer the Call" hunting themed T-shirt, while supplies last.   To make an appointment to donate, go to and enter your zip code.  For more information on donating blood, visit

As always, all blood types are needed in order to prevent any blood type shortages from occurring.  However, United Blood Services is experiencing an increased need for type O negative red cells and type AB plasma donations.   Type O negative blood is the only type that can safely be given to patients of all blood types. Type AB is the universal donor for plasma, just as O negative is for red cells. We've seen the need for AB plasma grow as more hospitals expand their trauma care.

Donors can also visit the day of their donation and click on the "Health History Questionnaire".  This allows donors to complete the interview portion of their donation on-line, in the privacy of their home or office.  Make sure to print your "Fast track donation ticket" and bring it with you to your donation.

Volunteer blood donors must be at least 16 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. Additional height/weight requirements apply to donors 22 and younger, and donors who are 16 years of age must have signed permission from a parent or guardian.  Donors receive a free cholesterol test. Donors also earn points in our "Hero in Me" online rewards store.  Points can be redeemed for movie tickets, pizza, shopping cards and more at  A photo ID is required to donate. For more information, call 877-UBSHERO (877-827-4376).