It's best to donate before blood is needed | News
VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - Three of the most important resources during or after a disaster are food, water, and blood.
While south Georgia will not see a direct hit from Isaac, the need for blood remains at a high level.
Veteran donor Michael Kirkland says he has not donated in a few months, but knew he had to come in today. "Decided to come out today. Especially with the storm coming and stuff, I know there is going to be a lot of people in need."
In anticipation of whatever Isaac will bring, blood centers across the southeast are desperate for donations.
"What they like people to do when storms are approaching is to give blood in advance of those storms if you can. That is certainly going to help a lot because you know there is going to be a need," said Donor Recipient Rep Dick Rockey.
Kirkland says he knows some folks are squeamish when it comes needles, but the benefits far outweigh the negatives. "It's not that bad. Sure it's a little needle stick, but the benefits to someone that is in need, in critical condition, that would need these platelets or blood, it's worth it all."
"I want people to think about those people in the hospital from infants to parents that need blood and they be getting stuck five, six, seven times today and again you're just asked to get a needle in your arm for eight to 10 minutes," said Rockey.
And Kirkland says this is one form of donation that does not cost a dime. "There's no financial burden. You just come out an do it and it gives you a good feeling to help out others in need."
The Red Cross says up to three lives can be saved with each pint of blood.
Valdosta State's National Championship Women's Softball team is hosting an all day blood drive tomorrow on the VSU campus.
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