Hattiesburg High School and UBS are saving lives together

Hattiesburg High School and UBS are saving lives together

This is a news release from United Blood Services

Hattiesburg High School's JROTC program is sponsoring a blood drive on Wednesday, March 2nd, from 8:30 to 3 in the Multi-purpose building at the High School.  All donors will receive a free t-shirt!  Seniors will be donating in order to receive their Red Cord for Graduation.  Even the smallest act of kindness can save a life!

" The blood drive has been completely student lead and I am truly impressed with the leadership and organization demonstrated by the JROTC students A recent decline in blood donations due to Zika virus waiting period and cold and flu season has taken a toll on our local blood supply," said Katie Martin, Senior Donor Recruitment Representative, with United Blood Services. "The support from Hattiesburg High School's students, faculty and staff will support our local hospitals and help to replenish some of those losses."

Donors can also donate at the Hattiesburg Donor Center at 805 S. 28th Avenue. The center takes donors six days a week:  Monday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Tuesday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Wednesday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday CLOSED, Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m..

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 www.UnitedBloodServices.org 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 www.BloodHero.com.  A photo ID is required to donate. For more information, call 877-UBS HERO (877-827-4376).