COVID has changed a lot of things in our everyday life and blood drives have not been immune to the virus’s adverse effects with many common venues such as schools unable to serve as donation sites.
The Claiborne at Gulfport Highlands hosts blood drive
- - covid has changed a lot of- things in our everyday life,- and blood drives have not been- immune to the virus's adverse - effects, with many common venue- such as schools, unable - to serve as donation sites, but- as news 25's toni miles shows - us, local businesses and others- are stepping up to- help fill the gap and meet the- need.
- - - - construction is still underway- at- the claiborne at gulfport - highlands, a premier- retirement community, and while- residents aren't set to - move in until july of this year- the claiborne is already openin- its doors to assist those in ou- community who need - or - will need help- through a blood- drive for the american red- cross.- marissa butterfield, community- relations - director, the claiborne at- gulfport highlands: "at claiborne, we really want to be- involved in our community and - help as many people - as we can.
This is especially - important to us due to the- shortage of blood their having- now."
Nats: "thank you so much!"
While it was the first time for- some donors at friday's blood - drive, others, like destiny - lomax, have been rolling up - their - sleeves to donate for years.- destiny lomax, blood donor: "i actually held a blood drive - - - about five years ago for the- first time, had never donated - blood.
Once i donated blood - then, i went on - a regular schedule to do so, an- i found out that i had a really- common blood type,- and it could be really useful,- and it doesn't take a lot of- time to really make a - difference for somebody."
Toni miles, news 25: "now more than ever, the need for blood - donations is critical,- and if you missed out on- friday's blood drive, there are- plenty of other opportunities."
Smith, ms senior- account manager,- american red cross biomed - services: "we have nine blood drives next - week scheduled here on the- coast.
That is important becaus- we need that blood.
We- need to make up the difference.- every three seconds there is a- patient in need of- blood.
It doesn't stop for a- pandemic.
It doesn't stop for a- tornado.
It doesn't - stop for a hurricane, or an ice- storm.
We still need tha- blood, so we need - donors to come out."
Here's a look at some upcoming- american red cross blood- drives in our area... - for more information, you can - visit their website at- redcrossblood.org.- in gulfport, toni miles, news - 25.
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