After Saturday’s mass shooting in Midland-Odessa, many people jumped in to help their fellow neighbors in whatever way they could. Whether that be emotional or financial support, or by donating blood.
Dianne Scott, Vitalant Donor Recruitment Supervisor, told KBest News that Saturday’s event reminds people that an ample supply of blood is needed on the shelf. She advised that if everyone would donate blood 3 times every year, then blood supply would always be available when needed.
"We need to replenish the blood supply," said Scott. "One thing that people don't realize is that there is only a 42-day shelf-life [for] a pint of blood. So, the people who donated blood 2 weeks before, at the blood drive, they are the people who saved the lives of the people that needed the blood at the tragedy. People just need to realize that it's important that everybody comes out to donate blood when they can."
Scott went on to say that this week's blood drive on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at KBest Media from 10 AM - 2 PM is especially important because it will help to replenish the local blood supply.
The Coahoma Lions Club will also have a blood drive on Saturday, September 28th, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Coahoma Lions Club Trade Days. The bloodmobile for this event will be located at 110 N. First St. in Coahoma.
For more information on how to donate, or to sign up for appointments in advance visit vitalant.org.