While people are busy enjoying the summer, United Blood Services officials say they hope you will remember to take about 45 minutes and donate blood. It's during this time of year that the need rises and the donations fall.
"Donations tend to drop off during the summer time because everybody is so busy," said Debra Barrett, donor recruitment representative. "But on the flip side of that, a lot of people on the road and traveling, and blood doesn't take a vacation during the summer, so that need is still there."
Right now, the local blood supply is in need of O-negative, B-negative, and AB-negative blood types.
United Blood Services serves 66 hospitals in its region and needs 250 units a day to meet the need.
Platelets are also in demand. One person told Newscenter 11 why he makes it a point to donate platelets.
"Well, my father had bone marrow cancer, and he used quite a few platelets and everything," said Toby Antinore. "And I've just decided to do my part to help for the stuff that the other people donated for him."
Antinore also enjoys the feeling of helping someone in need.
"It makes me feel pretty good really. I know it's anonymous," Antinore said. "They don't know who's getting what, but the thought is there. It's just a good thing to do for everybody. If everybody would do it, maybe there wouldn't be so much want or need."
Officials are also stressing that if you only have a little bit of time to give, to make an appointment. Appointments are good not only at the central collection office at Bonita Lakes Circle, but also at all blood drives.
For more information or to set up an appointment, you may call 601-482-2482.
UBS says due to unforeseen circumstances this month, some donation drives had to be canceled.
United Blood Services is located at 1177 Bonita Lakes Circle, Meridian, next to TJ Maxx. Its hours are: Monday and Tuesday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Closed Thursday; Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sunday from 12 noon to 4 p.m.