15th annual Katrina Memorial Blood Drive
It has been 16 years since the Coast was hit by Hurricane Katrina and to remember those we lost and honor those who helped in the aftermath, American Red Cross is hosting their 15th annual Katrina Memorial Blood Drive.
Each year during the last week in August, The Red Cross hosts blood drives at different locations throughout the Coast.
This blood drive comes at a critical time, during the difficult summer months, at a time when many regular donors postpone giving blood because of summer activities, summer vacation and school starting back.
Donor Recruitment Account Manager Denise Smith tells News 25 just one donation can save up to three lives. “The Katrina drive was a way for the Coast to pull together, a united event as we were all going through what happened with Katrina. We were still surviving, still trying to recover a year later, but it was a good way for us to pull the community together, pull the Coast together to say ‘let’s make a difference, let’s pay it back, let’s do something’ and putting that blood in that blood supply is a perfect way to pay it forward.”
The memorial blood drive will continue all week long. On Wednesday, the blood drive will be in Pascagoula at the senior center from 1 to 6 p.m. and on Thursday, the blood drive will be in Pass Christian at the senior center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.