Blood donors needed: MRC to sponsor blood drive Friday, Aug. 27

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The Saline Medical Reserve Corps is sponsoring a Community Blood Center drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 27, at the New Life Center in First United Methodist Church, 225 E. Arrow St. in Marshall.

Summer blood drives are especially important because blood supplies are often critically low in the summer, according to a news release from the organization.

Colleges and high schools do not sponsor blood drives in the summer and regular donors may miss their local blood drives due to vacations.

In addition, severe weather keeps some donors from venturing out.

"The region's blood supply is dangerously low because triple-index heat is plaguing the Midwest," said Jim Sajovic, Community Blood Center donor recruitment representative.

Plus, mechanical problems caused three blood drives to be cancelled recently.

"That made a bad situation even worse," he said. "Currently, five blood types fall below the recommended three-day inventory necessary to meet patient needs at local hospitals.

Community Blood Center provides all blood and blood products for Fitzgibbon Hospital in Marshall and I-70 Community Hospital in Sweet Springs."

The Saline Medical Reserve Corps is a group of volunteers dedicated to supporting life-saving efforts in Saline County.

"The Saline MRC is dedicated to helping the citizens of our country and a reliable blood supply is crucial to the health and well-being of all. Please support us and donate blood if possible," said Russ Donnell, coordinator for MRC.

Donors can schedule an appointment by calling blood drive coordinator and SMRC member Ginger McGraw at 660-886-9830 or by visiting www.esavealifenow.org.

"Donors can give blood every 56 days, so those who donated at the Salt Fork YMCA are eligible to give at this drive," McGraw said. "We welcome walk-ins, but it helps the CBC know how many staff members to send if donors register ahead of time, and that, in turn, helps avoid long waits. Please help us spread the word about the critical need for blood."

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