September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and you can help by donating your blood to support those battling cancer.
There will be a blood drive Tuesday at the Gautier Donor Center from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. You can also donate at Diamondhead City Hall from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and again on Friday at Edgewater Mall from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
This week the Blood Center is hosting three blood drives. Along with natural disasters limiting donations and because of COVID, many of their drives at schools and churches had to be canceled.
If you’re interested in donating or even hosting a blood drive you can visit bloodcenter.org. You can also book your appointment and complete your donor questions. The Blood Center Coastal Region Coordinator Gina Necaise said, “It’s important to donate blood. There is an urgent need of blood like Type O. We need to collect 300-350 units a day to meet hospitals demands. When those aren’t met you can run into things like possibly having to reschedule a surgery and not having that inventory available in case there is a crisis.”
When you donate you will also receive free screening for COVID-19 antibodies and get your results in three to five days.
You must be 17 years or older to donate blood and weigh at least 110 pounds, be healthy, and have a picture I.D.
Sixteen-year-olds can also donate but they must weigh at least 130 pounds and have parental permission.