KINGSPORT — The Marsh Regional Blood Center is experiencing a critical need for donors with the O-negative blood type as the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, according to a plea issued Wednesday seeking response from the public.
Don Campbell, Marsh Regional’s director, said a recent surge in usage of O-negative blood by some medical facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia has created an urgent need for an increased supply of this blood type.
O-negative blood is extremely important for medical facilities because it can be used in any person’s body.
Because of the Labor Day holiday, Marsh Regional’s donor centers will not be open on Monday, but many residents in the region will be participating in activities to celebrate this special weekend. Some of these activities carry with them the potential for injuries that might require a significant amount of blood to treat.
“So we are asking anyone in the area who has O-negative blood and is able to donate to please consider sharing the gift of life,” Campbell said. “This region has always risen to the occasion when we have had a need before, and a visit to one of our donor centers or a blood drive this week will have a profound impact on our ability to ensure an adequate blood supply to treat our friends and neighbors in this region.”
One opportunity to help will be today and Friday at a drive in memory of the late Dr. Daniel Klinar.
The event will be held at the emergency department annex of Holston Valley Medical Center and the Julia Davis Collection Center, 102 E. Ravine Road. The hours are noon until 7:30 p.m. at the emergency department annex and 10:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. at the collection center on Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. at the annex, and 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the center on Friday.
Donors are also welcome to visit the donor center in Bristol, 1996 W. State St.
Other blood drives this week are as follows:
•Today, 8-11 a.m. at Eastman Credit Union, Wilcox Drive, Kingsport
•Today, 10 a.m.-noon at Eastman Credit Union, Meadowview Lane, Kingsport
•Today, 1-4 p.m. at American Electric Power, Kingsport
•Today, 3-7 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Weber City, Va.
•Friday, 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Sullivan South High School, Kingsport
For more than 60 years, Marsh Regional has supplied blood to health care facilities in Northeast Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. As many as three lives may be saved each time a person donates blood, and all donations stay local to help people in this region.
To donate blood, individuals must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health. People with a cold, sore throat, fever, flu or fever blisters or who are taking antibiotics may not donate. Donors should eat a balanced meal before giving blood.
For more information, please call (423) 224-5888 or visit www.marshblood.com.