HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WHLT) – Due to the critical blood shortage in the Hattiesburg area, an emergency blood drive will be held Friday, June 5 and Saturday, June 6 at the Jackie Dole Sherrill Community Center downtown.
“Once again we are facing critical shortages of all types of blood,” said John Sarra, Donor Recruitment representative with Vitalant. “Due to COVID-19 and the continued closure of schools, businesses, and other entities that normally hold blood drives, our shortage is ongoing.”
Before arriving, these tips are recommended:
- Eat a healthy, low-fat meal within two hours ahead of your donation. The day before, eat a salty snack. When you donate blood, you lose about a gram of salt. Replacing it ahead of time helps keep your blood pressure normal.
- Hydrate by drinking 8 to 16 ounces of non-alcoholic beverages one hour before you donate. Water and sports drinks are great choices.
Masks are required when donating blood and social distancing will be enforced. For more information, contact Vitalant at (877) 827-4376.