Less than a week after the 10-year anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on America, which spurred the country’s most profuse blood donations in recent memory, United Blood Services is asking residents to support its fall blood drive.
United Blood Services will be accepting blood donations at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church in Bishop from 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. today and from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday.
According to Donor Recruitment Representative Jan McKee, “we’ve only gotten two appointments scheduled for the drive, but we’re hoping to get a lot of walk-ins.”
Traditionally, the Bishop Blood Drive has been one of United Blood Services’ largest drives of the year, but, with so few appointments scheduled, McKee said there are some concerns that donations will be down this year.
McKee said UBS hopes to collect 200 units of blood in Bishop this week.
During the spring blood drive in March, UBS collected 213 units of blood.
United Blood Services will be offering the dual-blood machine again this year. The dual machine allows technicians to remove certain important blood components from a person, while leaving enough platelets in circulation to allow two pints rather than one to be drawn.
The Bishop Community Blood Drive, McKee said, is just that, “a community event.”
The drive is sponsored by the Bishop Rotary Club, Lions Club, VFW Post 8988 and Northern Inyo Hospital Auxiliary, which supplies cookies and other nourishment for donors after they’ve given blood and offers escorts to and from the blood technicians.
“It’s a community committee,” McKee said. “They work together to put the whole thing together. “
With so few appointments scheduled for the fall drive, McKee said residents who wish to donate are welcome to walk in. She said she does not expect residents to have to wait to donate.