LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Donate blood.
That's what United Blood Services and South Central Regional Medical Center are hoping Pine Belt residents will do during Blood Drive Week beginning April 2. Both organizations have partnered to make sure patients don't have to wait for a life-saving transfusion when they need it.
Although all blood types are welcomed, they are in need of donations from those with type O negative blood. According to officials, type O negative blood is the only kind that can be safely given to patients of all blood types.
To donate blood, volunteers must be at least 16-years-old, weigh at least 110 pounds, and of course, be in good health. Additionally, 16-year-old and 17-year-old donors must have a signed permission slip from their parent or guardian. For those 22-years-old and younger additional requirements such as height and weight are needed to donate.
The schedule is as follows:
Monday April 2, at Jones County Rest Home at 683 County Home Road from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., or at Comfort Care Nursing Center at 1100 West Drive from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, April 4, at South Central Place at 2260 Highway 15 North from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.. or the SCRMC Wellness Center at 23 Mason Street from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 5 at SCRMC Conference Room at 1220 Jefferson Street from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Donors, who visit the locations above, will receive a Donor Vibe t-shirt and a voucher for a free burger thanks to Jones County Farm Bureau. The vouchers can be redeemed Thursday, April 5 at 1220 Jefferson Street from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. while supplies last. Participants will also able to get a free cholesterol test.
To complete the interview portion of the donation process online visit www.UnitedBloodServices.org. The questionnaire must be filled out the same day as patrons donate. A photo ID is required to donate.
For more information, call 877-UBSHERO (877-827-4376).