Blood Donations in Dire Need

By: Martha Spencer
By: Martha Spencer

Emily Bain and her son Lyle together have been donating blood for thirty three years. They began donating together when they saw a blood bus outside Wal Mart. They say it's one of the easiest ways for them to support their community.

"It makes me feel good that I can help somebody, it doesn't take but a little of your time, and there's one thing you can always give people and that's your time." said Bain.

Her son Lyle said, "I think most likely its probably something that I'll make a life long contribution for myself"

Blood supply in the Wiregrass has reached critical levels this August, and while Life South provides blood for all local hospitals, they are running out of blood.

"Our hospitals are fully stocked, we make sure of that but for us we like to have three days blood supply, right now I may have two hours blood supply," said Life South Director Sandra Hollis.

Donors of all blood types are in desperate need. Most people are aware that everyone has a specific blood type, but what you may not know is that some people require specific antigens found in very few blood types, and those can be even harder to find.

Especially with children and that are sick or diseased that have cancer or sickle cell, they have to have special antigen units.

Donating blood is quick, relatively pain free, and the lives you are saving may be closer to home than you think.

"I got very sick, it wasn't a trauma, I would have never seen it coming, and I lay over in a bed and was told I needed blood, and the blood I got was from this community and it was drawn by the very staff I work with every day," said Hollis.

Lyle Bains said, "You never know when you might become a victim and you might need their help. "

Hollis said, "This community has saved my life, the people I work with have saved my life, and blood does save lives when you give it, and that's why it's so important."

LifeSouth Community Blood Center is located on the Ross Clark Circle in Dothan next to Jim Skinner Honda. Their hours are Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m., and Sunday 1 - 5 p.m.

The Wiregrass Chapter of the American Red Cross is also in dire need of blood of all types, and especially O negative, A negative and B negative.

The Red Cross blood bus will be at the Southside Wal Mart in Dothan this Saturday the 15th from 1 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. You can also donate at their center on Cherokee Street in Dothan from 1 until 5 p.m. on Thursdays.

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