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Lifesouth to enter blood donors in TV drawing

Published 2:14pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Blood donors during June, July and August could score a flatscreen TV in addition to saving lives.

“Summertime is a very critical time for us,” explained Melinda Hinds, district community development coordinator for LifeSouth. “The need for blood is always there; however, our donors are not always making giving blood a priority.”

Hinds said during the summer months donations often dwindle because people are busy with vacations, family reunions and dealing with their children.

“Summertime is just always a tough time,” Hinds said. “A lot of people tell us it’s because their schedules change. It really affects our inventory levels.”

But in case the incentive of saving lives isn’t enough, LifeSouth will hold three drawings for TV giveaways – one for June, one for July and one for August.

“It’s another way for us to get people out – get people to understand even though summer is here the blood need is still there,” Hinds said. “We like to make it fun.”

Donors can register at local blood drives – like an upcoming event Wednesday at Adams Health and Rehab from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

“Not only are they going to get a summer shirt, they can put their name in the registration to win a really nice prize,” Hinds said. “The need for blood is always there and sometimes increases. We just are always trying to focus on telling people how important it is. The need for blood does not take a holiday.”

All blood donations in this area support local hospitals first and are only shipped to other places if an excess is available. Russell Medical Center is supplied with blood and blood products 100 percent by LifeSouth.

“We take care of our hospitals first, and then any additional blood that we have, if we need to help, we do. But unfortunately we haven’t had enough to send any away,” Hinds said.

Donating blood takes 30-40 minutes, Hinds said, and requires the following:

- donor must be 17 or older (or 16 with parental consent)

- donor must have eaten a well balanced meal in the past three hours

- donor must have a valid picture ID, preferably a driver’s license or passport

- donor must weigh at least 110 pounds

- meet other health requirements as determined by a series of questions and mini-physical

To find out more about local blood drives, the need for blood and the process for giving blood, visit