This week marks "Donor Days" at Mississippi Blood Services.
There is often a blood shortage this time of year, and "Donor Days" is a way to encourage more people to become blood donors. Donors will get a "Lifesaver" t-shirt while they last if they donate this week at the Flowood blood bank.
According to the Mississippi Blood Services website, a patient who has suffered injuries in an automobile accident, on average, requires fifty units of blood.
Cardiovascular surgery may require two to twenty-five units of blood. Cancer patients often need up to eight units per week.
Many units of blood went to local hospitals over the weekend in case of unexpected medical emergencies while First Lady Michelle Obama was in town.
"We had that stock available thank goodness, but you never know in the blink of an eye that can completely change. Sometimes our shelves look really full, but by the end of the day it is completely depleted and empty all over again. The need is constant, so we're always asking donors to come out and give," says Merle Eldridge, the Public Relations and Communications Manager for Mississippi Blood Services.
Officials say each time you donate, you could be making a lifesaving difference in three people's lives.
Click here to check out the official Mississippi Blood Services website.
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