January has been designated as National Blood Donor Month as a way to encourage donors to give blood.
Howard Brown has given blood to United Blood Services in Hattiesburg 86 times over the past 25 years.
That is almost 11 gallons of blood.
“I’ve had family members that needed it,” Brown said. “I donate platelets and my dad had leukemia back in ’97 before he passed away so there were other people that donated to help him out.”
Brown said giving blood is something everyone should consider.
“You never know when it might be somebody that you know needs it and then somebody else might not donate and you might be that one person that makes a difference,” Brown said.
According to the American Red Cross, every two seconds someone in the United States is in need of blood.
For the past few months, United Services in Hattiesburg has seen a decrease in blood donations.
This has caused them to miss their daily goals.
“It takes 125 units per day to meet our local needs,” Senior Donor Recruitment Representative Beverly Clark said. “So every day we need 125 people to roll up their sleeves and give the gift of life.”
There is a greater need for O positive, O negative and A negative blood types.
“Only six percent of the entire country has A negative blood so we’re in need of that,” Clark said. “And platelets are needed every day for our cancer and leukemia patients.”
Clark said donating blood helps to give someone another day of life.
National Blood Donor Promotion:
In celebration of National Blood Donor Month, United Blood Services is offering special donor gifts. Donate blood down through January 24 and you will receive a Mardi Gras themed T-shirt and you will be entered to win a pair of tickets to the Krewe of Orpheus Mardi Gras Ball in New Orleans on February 8, along with a two night stay in New Orleans! Winner will be pulled on Jan. 25.
Local United Blood Services Drives:
Jan. 12: Cameron Center in Laurel (noon-6 p.m.)
Jan.12: North Jones Elementary School in Laurel (2:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.)
Jan. 13: Moselle Memorial Baptist Church in Moselle (4 p.m.-8 p.m.)