Winter blues at the blood center

Urgent need for blood donations

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - January is national blood donor month because blood centers always predict there will be a shortage of blood donors right after the holidays. But now, we are well into January and another problem is surfacing.

Kids are back in school and sharing holiday germs and our local Vitalant blood center, formerly known as United Blood Services, is suffering as a result of those winter illnesses.

Stephanie Pointer, in charge of recruitment services at Vitalant, says “Flu, colds, people have sinus infections this time of year. That knocks a lot of donors out. and unfortunately, that also means a lot of hospitals are full so we don’t get a lot of donations we might otherwsie have.”

All blood donations are welcome but "O" is the universal blood type and Stephanie says that’s where they are feeling the shortage right now. There are some "O" positive units on the top shelf, but ther are 4 shelves designated to hold all the "O" positive units and the other three are empty.

The same goes for the "O" negative supply right now. There are a few units on the top shelf, but nothing on the three shelves below that.

So, employees at Vitalant are asking folks to please make time to stop by the blood center to make a donation if you are in good health. Vitalant is open Thursday from noon to 6, on Friday from 9 to 4 and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

As always, you’ll find the blood center at the corner of University and 48th street.

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