Due to a national wide blood donation shortage, Coffee Memorial Blood Center is seeing a less than 1 to 2 day supply of blood.
This is well below the 4 to 5 day supply the center is used to seeing.
Blood has no substitute, and patients across the city and state rely on blood products every day to fight cancer, severe traumas and even to heal after childbirth.
“In the past month, we’ve seen a dramatic drop in blood donations, an alarming development when we were already facing chronic shortfalls,” said Dr. John Armitage, president and CEO of Coffee Memorial Blood Center. “The public is rightly enjoying the reawakening of social freedoms and a return to normalcy, but if celebrating this rebirth by giving blood does not immediately become a major part of people’s reopening activities, we are going to run out of blood for patients. Harm may well result for many of the sickest folks in our communities.”
Blood donation takes about an hour and can save up to three lives.
Walk-ins are welcome but you can also schedule an appointment by clicking here or call 806-331-8833.
While Covid-19 vaccination is not required of blood donors, those who have been vaccinated can donate immediately.