A combination of higher than usual demand, a seasonal lull and widespread illness have put a strain on the supplies of the North Texas Regional Blood Center.
“January is typically a slow donation month for us because it’s after the holidays and people have ‘geared down,’ so to speak,” Donor Resources Director Deedee Morehead said. “Our blood drives are more difficult to schedule in January, and those that I am able to schedule are notoriously slower drives, with less donors appearing. And … the flu season has hit us pretty, hard so that eliminates people from donating until they are completely well.”
Additionally, Morehead said, the usage of all blood types is up in five hospitals in Grayson, Fannin and Cooke counties that the Center serves.
“Normally, it becomes one or two blood types that we get low on, and sometimes critically low, but this week it seems the hospitals are using every blood type,” she said. “With less people coming to the Blood Center and (to) the drives, it has caused a shortage.”
According to the Blood Center’s website, those who donated on or before Nov. 29 are eligible to donate again. In addition to donating at the Blood Center, 3911 Texoma Parkway in Sherman, donors can give at American Bank of Texas’ main branch on the Texoma Parkway in Sherman from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday; American Bank of Texas in Denison next to Walmart from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday; Texoma Medical Center from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday; and Whitewright Church of Christ from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Morehead said any organizations or businesses interested in hosting a drive should contact her at 903-893-4314 or firstname.lastname@example.org. “Right now we have the month of March wide open,” she said.
For the dates and times of additional drives or for more information about donating visit http://www.texomablood.org.