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Be a Hero, Donate Blood

JACKSON — When a disaster strikes, heroes emerge. The storms that struck Saturday, April 24, have left devastation and heartache in their wake. At least 27 of those injured were rushed to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, some in critical condition.

Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) are requesting monetary donations, food and other essentials be brought in for the victims. Mississippi Blood Center (MBS) would like to remind you that blood is also needed.

The storm’s aftermath will affect the state’s blood supply, not only due to the trauma patients needing blood now but by sharply curtailing the donor base in those counties most severely affected. People often tend to think someone else will do it when it comes to donating blood. Those of us unaffected by the storms are now “someone else.” We need to step up and fill in the gap for those who cannot donate because of this disaster.

“This disaster serves to remind us how critical the need for blood can be,” Tony Bahou, MBS manager of communications and public relations, said. “By donating blood on a regular basis, blood donors ensure the blood is there when it is needed. By coming out to donate now, you will help keep this vital substance available to those who need it when they need it.”

Every day, blood is needed. Every day, someone is facing a personal catastrophe. Every day, someone’s life hangs in the balance. Every day, blood donors make a difference in someone’s life. Every day, heroes are needed. Every day.

Be someone’s hero, donate blood.

All donors must be at least 17 years old (16 with signed parental consent), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID.

Mississippi Blood Services offers a “mini physical” before each donation to ensure the donation process is safe for the donor as well as the recipient. Mississippi Blood Services ensures that donating blood is SAFE, SIMPLE and SAVES LIVES. For more information, contact (888) 90-BLOOD (888-902-5663), or visit our Web site at

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