United Blood Services Seeks Donors

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.

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  • by Debbie Location: Meridian on May 24, 2012 at 06:47 AM
    Their hours are not convenient anymore.
  • by Brenda Location: Meridian on May 24, 2012 at 05:04 AM
    If you go by the United Blood services headquartered you will see all of the money they make from selling blood to the hospital.
  • by Randy on May 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
    Does wtok post all comments that are made here
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      by cw on May 24, 2012 at 07:42 AM in reply to Randy
      i have talked to people about their posts and from their statements and my own knowledge,no they dont,ythey may not post any negative post concerning the city council or themselves,most likely not this post
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        by Sara on May 24, 2012 at 03:43 PM in reply to cw
        Personally, I wish they would withhold more comments. Most that I see on this and other news are just gripe sessions. Complaining about events in town. Just not going should say enough. Complaining about the police. Go to the city council and make yourself heard where it might count. Complaining about UBS. Have you considered that work has to be done to process the blood and platelets, check to make sure it's safe to give to someone, and that job means something to the person who has it? How else would you donate your blood if not through an agency like this? You or someone you care about may need blood sometime. How ELSE would they be helped? You have all the answers. Please save the world by sharing your genius and straightening out all that is wrong.
  • by Derrell on May 23, 2012 at 04:28 PM
    i stopped giving blood when i heard a Dr at Andersons talking about a crack head that was shot on 5thst an hy 11 he wasted 44 units trying to save this guy... he died later that evening
  • by bobby Location: Meridian on May 23, 2012 at 12:27 PM
    Did you know? United Blood Services sells the blood they are donated to the local hospitals. The hospitals then charge patients for the blood... SO... United blood services sells what you donate! HA HA! You are a sucker if you donate.
  • by Harper Location: Meridian on May 23, 2012 at 12:25 PM
    They waste blood.
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