LCSD, Vitalant team up for community blood drive
The Lauderdale County School District partnered with Vitalant in hosting a community blood drive today at Northeast Lauderdale Middle School.
The blood service is in a desperate need of blood due to COVID-19, medical procedures and back-to-back hurricanes. The service is taking all blood types from ages 16 and up, as long as donors have been negative of COVID-19 for the last 28 days.
“This past summer we started a blood drive campaign and we had a success and we wanted to try to duplicate that--we know the need is still in our community,” Lauderdale County School District Superintendent Dr. John-Mark Cain said. “They are informing us that there are more and more Mississippians who now need blood and this is just a simple way to come and help save a life.”
“During this pandemic, we had at first a low blood supply because of the pandemic,” Donor Tech Specialist Antwain Bolton explains. “People weren’t coming in as much as they usually come in because of the fear of catching COVID-19. However, since it’s kind of relaxed a little bit, people are starting to come in more, but we’re still at a very need of blood.”
Each donor received a free COVID-19 antibody test after their donation, in which they will receive the results in about two weeks. For more information on donating blood, head to vitalant.org.