Black Gold Odessa Lodge Holds Blood Drive Today 1/25/14
CBS 7 News
January 25, 2014
Black Gold Odessa Lodge is hosting a blood drive and welcomes the community to sign up to donate. They’ve partnered with United Blood Services of West Texas for the January 25 event. Beyond the usual cookies and orange juice, the lodge is offering a free meal at their dining hall as a “thank you” to anyone who makes a blood donation.
The bloodmobile will be on site Saturday, January 25, from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m., at the lodge at 2575 East Pearl Street. Those interested are asked to call the lodge at (432) 653-0050 to sign up for a donation time slot.
As with most blood drives, Type O is in especially needed to assure adequate supply at hospitals. Those with O-negative blood, often called “universal donors” since the blood type can be given to anyone in need, are especially asked to donate at this drive. O-positive blood donors are also needed, since they have the most common blood type – approximately 37% of the population have O-positive blood, according to United Blood Services.
A new feature at this blood drive is the ability to fill out the health questionnaire online at home before the donation time. While the questionnaire must be completed the same day as the appointment, United Blood Services says donors will be able to save time at the donation site and cut their health interview down to just a few essential questions.