Give the gift of life when the Rotary Club hosts a blood drive Friday.


By SARA VANDEN BERGE

The COVID-19 pandemic is causing a critical blood shortage across the U.S. and the American Red Cross has issued an urgent plea for blood donations.

Now, the Stephenville Rotary Club is sponsoring a blood drive at the Carter BloodCare bus that will be parked at the Walmart parking lot from 1:30-5:30 p.m. on Friday

The process of giving blood only takes about 15 minutes, but donors can expect to be on site for about an hour to register and take part in a brief medical screening.

For more information, call 254-592-5695.

FACTS ABOUT BLOOD DONATIONS:

• One donation can potentially save three lives.

• Someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds.

• Less than 38 percent of the population is eligible to give blood or platelets.

• The blood type most needed is type O.

• A car accident victim can need up to 100 units of blood.

• Approximately 36,000 units of red blood cells are needed every day in the U.S.

Statistics obtained from the American Red Cross.

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