Annual Blood Bowl drive begins next week

Annual Blood Bowl drive begins next week

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) - Vitalant and WDAM TV invite you to donate blood during the upcoming annual Blood Bowl blood drive.

Vitalant will be hosting community blood drives across the Pine Belt to boost the local blood supply.

The event will take place from July 20-24.

“It’s just a good time for us to come together for one common goal and that is to provide blood, so our hospitals have the blood they need, because you never know when you may need it,” Sara Dyess, donor recruitment representative for Vitalant. “One blood donation saves three lives.”

Vitalant will make its first stop Monday in Wiggins and will wrap things up in Petal on Friday. Vitalant donor representatives say patient demand for blood is currently up about 25 percent and they say all types of blood are needed.

“The process is completely safe,” said Dyess. “We’re temp-checking everybody, we’re requiring everybody to wear a mask, the staff, the donors to protect everybody. We’re social distancing, we’re just taking every precaution to keep it safe for everybody involved.”

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