Local blood drive draws 114 donations

Tabitha Area listens as Red Cross nurse Gloria Merwin gives instructions while preparing to wrap Area's arm Wednesday.

As the Red Cross deals with a shortage of blood, a local blood drive exceeded its donation goal.

The two-day event produced 114 donations on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Junction City Municipal Building. Organizers set a goal of 109 donations.

“These are important events that allow our donors to roll up a sleeve and save a life,” said Jan Hale, communications manager for Red Cross.

The Red Cross is in the middle of a “blood emergency,” which means the organization doesn’t have a five-day blood supply. Hale said Red Cross has a three-day supply for most blood types and less than two days for Type O.

Hale said blood shortages aren’t uncommon during the summer because 20% of donations come from high school and college students, who are likely to go away from their typical donation locations when school is out.

That doesn’t apply for Tabitha Area, who lives in Abilene but works in Junction City.

Area spent her lunch break at the drive. She said she donates as often as she can.

“I can’t donate in Abilene because of the hours at work, so I donate here,” she said. “And they have good food.”

After Area finished her donation, she ate a burrito and fruit cup and drank orange juice and water, all provided by Valley View Senior Life in Junction City.

“It’s always good to give back,” Area said. “Knowing you can do that for someone whose had a struggle is good.”

As Area ate her food, she scheduled her next blood donation, which can happen after 56 days or 8 weeks.

The next blood drive is scheduled from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 18 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 19 at the municipal building on 700 N. Jefferson.

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