OSERVS Holds Community Blood Drive
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Oktibbeha-Starkville Emergency Response Volunteer Services (OSERVS) and United Blood Services will host a community blood drive to encourage citizens to give during the holiday season when blood donations are needed most. The drive is Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 12:00 noon - 6:00 PM. The Bloodmobile will be parked at the OSERVS office in the Synergetics building at 501 Highway 12 West.
United Blood Services provides blood for OCH Regional and all other hospitals in the Golden Triangle. Volunteer blood donors make a difference every day in the lives of patients in need of lifesaving blood. One donation helps to save up to three lives.
“Our goal for this drive is 30 donors, and I know we can do it,” commented Hildred Deese, OSERVS board member and coordinator of the blood drive. “This is a critical time for supplying blood, so we really need people to give.”
Donors are encouraged to make an appointment to donate. To do so, visit www.bloodhero.com and find the drive using Sponsor Code: msuoservs. Donors can speed up the process by completing the health history interview online at www.unitedbloodservices.org on the day of the drive. They may click on the “Health History Questionnaire,” then print the Fast Track Donation ticket and bring it with them when they donate.
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 old must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Donors receive a free cholesterol test. A photo ID is required to donate. For more information, call United Blood Services at 662-842-8871 or Hildred Deese at 662-341-0287 or the OSERVS office at 662-384-2200.