Community gathers in Ocean Springs to donate blood
The City of Ocean Springs held a blood drive today at the city’s civic center to help replenish the blood supply.
Throughout the season, several factors can disrupt the ability for the Red Cross to collect enough blood for patients across the country including several illnesses which can decrease the availability of healthy donors and winter weather, which often leads to canceling blood drives.
As a result, blood on hand will go to transplants and cardio-thoracic surgeries, while elective surgeries may be postponed. Account Representative Deidre Johnson said, “We do have to watch the winter weather because it is hard for people to get out as well as site getting closed down where we are not actually able to have the blood drives whenever they are scheduled due to unforeseen weather. So, we do have to watch the winter season as that can definitely affect our blood drives.”
To schedule an appointment to donate blood go to redcrossblood.org.