Stephens County Hospital and The Blood Connection are hosting a blood drive on the Stephens County Hospital Campus today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
ConnectLocal spoke with Blood Connection representative Samantha Holcombe this morning and confirmed the blood drive will be taking place. Donors may make appointments up until 10 a.m., but walk-up donations are welcome throughout the day.
Whole blood will be collected during today's drive, which includes collection of red cells, plasma and the platelets all in one procedure.
Whole blood can be transfused in its original form, or used to help multiple people when separated into its specific components of red cells, plasma and platelets. Whole blood donations help save the lives of children and adults fighting to survive cancer, blood disorders, traumatic injuries and more.
"Donors will received a $10 Visa gift card as a thank-you, and we are also offering a COVID-19 antibody testing for all of our donors, as well," Holcombe stated.
Blood collected in today's drive will be sent to the Blood Connection headquarters to be processed, then distributed back to the local community for use, she added.
Those who wish to make an appointment can call (864) 255-5000. Walk-up donations begin at 11 a.m. at the hospital, 163 Hospital Rd, Toccoa,
The Blood Connection website offers the following information on whole blood donations:
Whole blood donation is the most common and traditional method. A pint of blood is drawn that contains red and white cells, platelets, and plasma. It’s mainly used for trauma and surgery. Shelf life is 21-35 days, and you can donate every 56 days. This is the quickest and easiest donation.
At least 110 lbs
Must be 16 (with signed parental consent form) or 17+ years old
Always eat and drink before giving
Donation process takes 45 min.
According to The Blood Connection Information, someone in the U.S. needs blood every two seconds, and one in ten patients who show up to a hospital will need blood. More than 600 people need to donate every day to meet the daily needs of the hospitals we serve. Blood is only good for 42 days. It can’t be replicated or produced. It is because of our volunteer blood donors that blood is there for local patients in need of transfusions.