Neighbors Emergency Center partners with Lifeshare for blood drive in July

Neighbors Emergency Center in Beaumont is partnering with LifeShare Blood Center to help extend the Southeast Texas blood bank supply for those in need. The blood drive is scheduled for Wednesday, July 25, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Bel Furniture parking lot closest to the Neighbors Emergency Center building.

“The need for blood is constant. It is important to keep a consistent and safe blood supply at all times,” said Heather Rushing, donor recruiter at LifeShare Blood Center. “The summer months can be especially difficult on the blood banking industry as school is out and vacations begin.”

Rushing said the partnership between Neighbors and LifeShare began when she continued to see Kimberly Cao, marketing liaison for Neighbors Emergency Center, at local health fairs and networking events.

“When reaching out for potential new blood drives, I always focus on medical professionals, as they are usually aware of the importance of blood donation,” she said of the nonprofit’s decision to partner with Neighbors.

Every two seconds, someone somewhere needs blood, Cao said.

“One of every seven people who enter the hospital will need blood,” she said. “That person may be you, your loved one, friend or co-worker. With all the wonderful advances in modern medicine, there still is no substitute for human blood. The blood that helps patients comes only from caring people who volunteer to help others by donating their life-saving blood.”

Anyone at least 16 years of age, weighing at least 110 pounds and in good health can donate blood, but 16-year-olds must submit a permission form signed by a parent or guardian. Some people may be temporarily or permanently prevented from donating blood due to certain health conditions.

“It is advisable to get a good night’s sleep the night before, eat a good meal the day of, and stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water,” Rushing said.

Voluntary blood donations help meet the needs of patients in local medical facilities.

“Annual patient needs in the Beaumont area are nearly 25,000 blood donations a year,” Rushing said. “Donating blood is such a powerful gift.”

When donors register, LifeShare staff will recommend a donation procedure that is best suited to their blood type and current patient needs.

Donors may be asked to donate different blood components each time they give, and they will be attended by trained specialists.

“The rarest blood type is the one that is unavailable when needed,” Rushing said. “All blood types are needed to keep a safe blood supply.”

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