Basin Blood Donations Low During the Holiday Season

by Nick Lawton
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - There's no holiday break when it comes to donating blood.

Every three seconds, someone, somewhere, needs blood.

"We still have people in the hospital during the holidays and they need blood," Lee Hartmann, the West Texas Center Director for United Blood Services, said.

The United Blood Center of West Texas says holiday after holiday, the blood disappears.

With so many stresses and commitments beckoning for our attentions, it's getting too easy to forget about giving blood.

"People are just so busy. Schools are on vacation, people are traveling, they're having family in, that they just don't have the normal time that they would have at other times during the year to come in and donate," Hartmann explained.

So this year, for the first time in 11 years, they took the drive to the shoppers.

United Blood Services opened their centers and took a Blood Mobile out to local retailers to try to catch the Black Friday crowd.

"We need a lot of blood during the holidays because a lot of people are traveling. Gonna be a lot of accidents and we're out here trying to get some blood," Donor Recruiter, Joyce Worley, said.

When NewsWest 9 arrived at that Mobile in Midland, they had already been there an hour.

They hadn't drawn a single donation, in fact, they had around six cancellations.

But recruiters say they'll keep up the fight to keep hospitals supplied and save lives.

"We just hope, we'll get them another day. All we can do is hope," Worley said.

The mobile was on location for a good portion of Friday afternoon, but they didn't have a single donation all afternoon.

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