Holiday Blood Shortage At United Blood Services

The holiday season is a time of giving, but its a major challenge for one local non-profit.
By Michaela MacDonald

LUBBOCK, TX -- United Blood Services is making a big push for blood and plasma donations. They say around the holidays they lose days to collect blood, but the need is still great.

"If we have a day like Christmas day where we don't draw at all, the hospitals still continue to use blood and this time of year is a special kind of challenge because we have Christmas and then have New Years close to it so that's two days when we don't draw anything," said Les Long with United Blood Services.

He says every year, around the Christmas holiday, they see a shortage of blood donation, but hospitals still need just as much if not more.

"We are something of a medical Mecca here so out of that 110, 140 units, we supply to a very large area, we draw from a very large area but almost all of it gets used right here in Lubbock so you know people can pretty much come out and believe that its going to end up in the 806," said Long.

Long says to encourage more donations,  they're holding special hours this week, and even raffling off a big TV.

"A special thing that we are doing if anybody didn't get what they wanted for Christmas we are going to take care of them. We are going to put everyone in and make a drawing for a 42 inch its a high definition its actually an LED which is the good stuff, TV that we are going to give away on new years day so, but we know that people don't come out because we are giving a t-shirt or giving something away, they come out to save lives, but we like to have some fun with it too and reward our donors for what they do," he said.

He says giving blood is an easy way to help others this holiday season.

"The number one reason that people give for why they didn't donate, who know the donation process and all is they say 'I thought someone else would do it' and really what we are saying at these times of the year and when we are on critical appeal is someone else didn't do it. So we need for people to come out, support the community and help us save lives," said Long.

Thursday 12:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am- 4:00 pm
Saturday 9:00 am- 2:00 pm
Monday 9:00 am- 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am- 4:30 pm

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