From an electrical issue with their bloodmobile to canceled blood drives.
The Coffee Memorial Blood Center has encountered a series of unfortunate events all in one day.
During critical times like these, officials with Coffee Memorial Blood Center said they’re grateful for consistent and new donors.
“We actually had an electrical fire break out in one of our bloodmobiles and since we only have two bloodmobiles, we’ve had to cancel some of the drives that were scheduled to go out on that drive and we’re not sure how long it will be out. So we might have to look at canceling further drives, so we’re desperately needing everyone to come out,” said Amanda Allen, Coffee Memorial Executive Director:
Especially if you’re O-, A-, and B+ blood types.
Allen said they have an immediate need for these donors.
The lack of a bloodmobile and canceled drives isn’t the only factor making donations critical.
“There’s also been several traumas that have happened and so that happening as well we’re needing that usage. And with the cancellation of some drives, it’s really putting us in a bind. So anything anybody can help to come to our blood center,” said Allen.
Alex has been coming since he was a teenager.
He’s no stranger to the slogan: Roll up your sleeve and save a life. In fact, he’s done it for several years and has gone way past giving blood.
“As soon as I turned 18, which was November 2014, so I’ve been donating blood. A year ago I started doing platelets so I think this right now is like almost my 30th donation with platelets,” said Alex Mariscal, Donor.
Allen said the blood drives canceled for today and tomorrow have been rescheduled for Monday.
If you couldn’t donate today they’re open tomorrow at 9 a.m.
You can also make an appointment for the next few days if you’re looking to donate.
Allen said they honor the appointments before the walk-ins.