UMC Calls for Blood Donations during Nationwide Shortage

Across the nation communities are experiencing critical blood shortages, including Lubbock. This time of the year can be difficult for people battling cancer, undergoing surgery or suffering from injuries in accidents. Dramatically low blood supply levels also leave the community vulnerable to crisis events that may require large numbers of transfusions.

To help alleviate the shortage, UMC is asking everyone in the South Plains to give at a community blood drive at the South Plains Mall on Saturday. We are hoping for at least 100 donations.

All blood donors will receive two movie tickets and two vouchers for popcorn from Premiere Cinemas. Those donating blood should set aside one to two hours of their time, depending on donation type. UMC is working with its blood provider, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center, to conduct the drive. Donors can schedule a donation by visiting: bit.ly/LubbockStrong

Who: UMC Health System
What: Community Blood Drive
When: Saturday, January 11 from 10AM-8PM
Where: South Plains Mall, Grand Court (by Men’s Dillard’s, PINK and Bath & Bodyworks)

Anyone wishing to donate blood must present identification. Donors of 16 years of age must have a signed parental consent form and weigh at least 120 pounds. Anyone over the age of 17 may donate and must be in general good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. All donors are encouraged to eat well and adequately hydrate before and after donation. Learn more about blood donation at SouthTexasBlood.org.

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