A Gift That Keeps Giving: Consider the Life-Saving Gift of a Blood Donation this January

January 7, 2019

Every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood – but only about 10 percent of those who are eligible to give actually make a blood donation each year. Donated blood is a necessary part of helping patients cope with a wide variety of conditions, including burns, trauma, heart surgery, cancer, organ transplants and more. And a little goes a long way, as a one-time blood donation can save the lives of up to three people. It’s one of the best ways to give back to others and help improve the health of our community.

At Bolivar Medical Center, we’re proud to partner with Mississippi Blood Services to host local blood drives. Blood drives at Bolivar Medical Center are typically held every other Monday from 1 - 6 pm in the parking lot directly behind the hospital building. If you can’t fit one of our blood drives into your schedule, check the Mississippi Blood Services Facebook page (@give2live) to see where a donation bus will be located. To be eligible to donate, a person must be at least 17 years old, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in generally good health.

Donating blood is a simple and safe process that includes registration, a confidential medical history survey and mini-physical, and the donation itself, which takes no more than 10 minutes. After your donation, you’ll receive a rejuvenating snack and a brief rest so you can get back to your day’s activities with minimal disruption.

If you are interested in giving blood or have questions regarding the donation process, please contact Mississippi Blood Services at (888) 902-5663 or email meldridge@msblood.com.