Mash Bash is Friday

Mash Bash 2013 is Friday at the Temple Theatre ballroom, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The need is great this time of year and all blood types are needed. Donors have to be at least 17-years-old, or 16 with parental consent, and weigh over 110 pounds.

A parental consent form is needed for 16-year-olds and can be downloaded from the United Blood Services website.

Everyone else only needs to bring a photo ID. UBS is aiming for 140 successful donors from Mash Bash. The agency is trying to collect 175 pints of blood, and that includes plasma and platelet donations.

Surgeries have been scheduled based on the goals UBS has set. Everyone is encouraged to come out and not be afraid to donate.

"The number one reason people say that they don't donate blood is that nobody has ever asked them," said UBS representative Katie Martin. "So I'm asking everyone in Meridian and surrounding areas, please come in tomorrow, roll up your sleeve and give the most precious gift of blood. It's something that is given to us for free. You don't have to work for it, and it's the only thing you can give away and still have."

You will receive a free t-shirt for donating blood and free food will be on hand as well. Door prizes will be given out throughout the day with the grand prize being a new Kindle Fire. People who give blood will be eligible to win those prizes.