By Nicholas Sakelaris | CoServ
The need for blood doesn’t stop during a pandemic. But many of the places that typically host blood drives – businesses and universities – couldn’t host any events because so many people were operating remotely.
“We know there’s a need in Denton County because so many blood drives have been canceled,” said American Red Cross Account Manager Sharon Jennings.
There’s also a pent-up demand from people who want to help others but either couldn’t find a blood drive nearby or wanted to do it safely during the pandemic.
CoServ and the Lake Cities Chamber of Commerce answered the call, hosting three blood drives during the pandemic with a fourth coming up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, October 1.
The blood drive will be in the newly remodeled Independence Room at CoServ headquarters, 7701 S. Stemmons Freeway, Corinth. The room is large and spacious so people can spread out adequately. The blood drive is open to the public.
Sharon said she appreciates CoServ and the Lake Cities Chamber businesses for having blood drives during these challenging times.
“This drive is probably one of the easiest accounts I have. I look forward to working it because I know CoServ Employees are super engaged and super passionate,” Sharon said. “It’s not just electricity, they actually give back so much more. It’s so rewarding and I’m so happy to be partnering with you guys.”
Altogether, the last three blood drives collected 172 units of blood, enough to impact up to 516 people, Sharon said. CoServ’s blood drives also tend to bring in first-time donors to the American Red Cross. Of the 194 donors who have given at CoServ’s blood drives, 80 of them were first-time donors.
Regular donors are allowed to donate again every 56 days. Power red donors give two units of red blood cells, not just one, so they have to wait 112 days. For power red donations, the platelets, plasma and white blood cells are separated and returned to the donor along with a saline solution. With a little extra time at your appointment, you can donate more red blood cells and increase your impact on patients in need. You’ll also feel more hydrated after the donation.
Red blood cells from a Power Red donation are typically given to trauma patients and newborns.
“CoServ’s goal is to host two blood drives a year spaced six months apart so regular donors and Power Red donors can both participate,” said Jennifer Ebert, Community Relations Specialist.
Did you know?
✚ Just one pint of blood can help three patients in need.
✚ Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood for surgery, cancer treatment, chronic illness or traumatic injury.
✚ Just one car accident victim can require as much as 100 units of blood.
✚ Blood and platelets cannot be manufactured – they have to come from volunteer donors.
Blood Donor Sign-Up
To Sign-up and Register for a time slot to give blood, visit: RedCrossBlood.org and enter: COSERV to schedule an appointment.
Streamline your donation experience and save up to 15 minutes by visiting RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass to complete your pre-donation reading and health history questions on the day of your appointment.
Want to help organize a blood drive?
Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter (214) 678-4800