Blood donations urgently needed

News 12 at 6 o'clock/Friday, November 5, 2010

AUGUSTA & AIKEN---An explosion in Savannah brings two people to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center in Augusta. The accident happened Thursday morning after a gas line was left open in an apartment. Now-- the center that supplies blood to the area hospitals desperately needs donations to help care for these patients.

Blood is so important for burn victims. Some describe donating blood as a gift that keeps giving. Well that's especially true for burn victims who need lots of blood to get them through all the surgeries--and right now there's an urgent need for blood.

Jason Thornton has become a pro at giving blood...he's already done it 4 times and he says he'll continue doing it. "It's a good cause...it's a great cause." He says it's a way for him to give back to the community. "You never know--a family member...a loved one...a friend...yourself...could be the one that needs the blood and it's just important to think about that with the holidays coming up," Thornton says. Burn victims need it more than most. Many of them need transfusions. Now two people hurt in a Savannah explosion are being treated in Augusta. "Burn victims use a lot of platelets and when you donate whole blood there are three components in there that we separate out. There's plasma--that's the stuff that carries the platelets and the red blood cells. The platelets--that's whats help the blood to clot. And then the red blood cells actually carry the oxygen throughout the body."

Mistie Harris who works for Shepeard Community Blood Center says they've been getting a steady flow of blood donors but there's still an urgent need... especially for "o" negative blood. "We provide blood to 17 local hospitals and the burn center and right now we have a patient that's using a lot of "O" negative blood. Jason says he can handle the needles because it's all about helping others. "It's amazing the feeling you get after you donate blood." Jason says giving blood is a gift of life and he loves being part of it.

If you're interested in donating blood, you need to remember to eat a good meal and drink lots of liquid. The process can take anywhere from 15-30 minutes.

You can donate blood every eight weeks and all blood types are needed.
You can find donation locations by going to www.shepeardblood.org or visit one of the Shepeard locations.
AUGUSTA - 1533 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta, GA 30904
Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 6 PM
(706) 737-4551

EVANS - 4329 Washington Road, Evans, GA 30809
Monday - Friday: 8 AM - 6 PM; Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM; Sunday: 12 PM - 5 PM
(706) 854-1582

AIKEN - 353 Fabian Drive, Aiken, SC 29803
Monday - Friday: 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday: 10 AM - 3 PM
(803) 643-7996

BLOOD DRIVES ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6:
Beta Sigma Phi @ Tignal Fall Festival (Wilkes County)
9:30 AM-3:00 PM

Wal-Mart North Augusta
1:00 AM-4:00 PM

BLOOD DRIVES ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 7:
First Assembly Of God
613 Fenwick Street
Augusta, GA
9:00 AM-1:00 PM

St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church
4921 Columbia Road
Grovetown, GA
8:30 AM-1:00 PM

Ft Creek Baptist Church
1497 Fort Creek Rd
Dearing, GA
9:00 AM-1:00 PM


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