More than 150 units of blood will now be used to save lives across the High Plains.
That’s the amount collected from this weekend’s M*A*S*H Blood Drive.
After three days of donating the Coffee Memorial Blood Center now has an increased stock to help save lives.
Friday’s snow lessened participation during the first day of the blood drive.
But a cold, wet weekend wasn’t enough to keep donors away for days two and three.
Dominique De La Rosa, a blood donor says, “They use to do it at my high school all the time and my coaches would never let us because it was during the Fall, football season. I’ve always wanted to try it, and when I got to I felt good after it.”
Hunter Wilcox, another blood donor says, “You’re thinking more of the people than the prick. It’s just normal after that, no pain.”
We’re told it’s also the satisfaction of knowing you helped save a life.
Amy Guerrero, a repeat donor for the M*A*S*H Blood Drive says, “When you get the phone call that says, ‘Hey, we used your blood,’ it’s a great feeling just knowing I’m able to help somebody. The very first one, it was pretty awesome. Now, it’s like they need to use my blood.”
Hunter Wilcox donor “You get that call and they tell you, ‘You’re blood helped save a life.’ It’s like something beyond you. Like you really did help someone else live, helped another family keep someone.”
Coffee Memorial’s Suzanne Talley believes Wilcox’s generation is now the most vital.
She says, “The World War II generation, as they age are falling out of the donor pool. Not because there’s an upper age limit, but because of health history and medications and travel are preventing them from donating. So young people, like Hunter, are the replacement generation in the donor pool for the World War II generation.”
Coffee Memorial’s next blood drive will be the MTK Memorial Blood Drive this upcoming Tuesday, January 10.