Running Low

Your blood is needed right now. The Texas Blood Institute is running low on blood supply and they're asking for your help.

The institute is constantly seeing blood donors, but lately it's been the complete opposite. Texas Blood Institute officials said the summer months are always the hardest time for them to keep a steady flow of blood coming in.

Jennifer Risinger, Blood Program Consultant, said, "We can always have a healthy supply of blood waiting on the shelves if something does happen."

A lot does happen during the summer months. Risinger said that the drop in summer donations is usually because more residents are out and about. That means more accidents occur and more blood needed, creating a gap.

Regular donor Gary Goforth is filling that gap and knows firsthand how blood can save a life. "It makes me feel good that I'm still alive and I can help out in my way too."

Goforth, an Afghan War veteran, survived a horrible car accident and now he's paying it forward by donating every chance he gets.

Makala Bogard also donates for personal reasons."It feels good to get through that little bit of pain." Bogard added, "After you are fine and it's just a little bit pain for all the people who are out there hurting constantly."

Risinger said that for the last eight years the Texas Blood Institute has been the sole blood provider to all hospitals in the seven counties they serve. She encourages all residents to donate and save lives with every single drop of blood.

"When you donate blood you can actually save three people's lives," Risinger added, "If you've never donated before, of course you may be a little bit nervous, but you can look at that bag of blood and think of three people that you love."

The Texas Blood Institute said you can donate blood every eight weeks. In order for someone to donate blood they must be 16 years or older and weigh at least 110 pounds. If you are 16 years of age, you need a signed permission slip.

The Texas Blood Institute is always looking for sponsors who would be willing to host a blood drive. If you are interested, you may call them at (940) 689-2400.

Upcoming Blood Drives
Texas Blood Institute

Tuesday, July 24th
7:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
United Regional 11th St. Campus
Hardeman Room (in basement)

Tuesday, July 24th
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Archer City Community Drive
First Baptist Church

Friday, July 27th
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Best Buy - Wichita Falls

Friday, July 27th
3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
PetCo - Wichita Falls

Natalie Garcia, Newschannel 6