Blood Drive

Reporting by WVUA 23’s Aajene Robinson

A blood drive was hosted at the Episcopal Church in downtown Tuscaloosa with about 25 donors coming to give their blood.

Donors must be at least 16 to 17 years old, a minimum of 110 pounds and in good health to donate their blood. Michael Ford, board chair for the West Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross, said it’s very important to get more participants to donate blood.

“I encourage anyone who is eligible to please give blood because we have saved many lives through the donations and there’s a shortage out there, it’s really needed,” said Ford.

The current shortage is related to an increase in need at the area hospitals and a decrease in donations throughout the holiday season. First-time donors are always welcome and encouraged to give a donation a try.

Bronwyn Lane, a fifth-time donor, explained why she keeps coming back to donate.

“I really enjoy knowing that what I’m doing is helping.” Lane said. “The Red Cross sends you an email to say your blood actually went to a hospital and saved a life.”

If you are a first-time donor, here are some tips to keep in mind after you donate blood:

  • Drink lots of water
  • Eat plenty of food
  • Get rest before and after
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