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Meek Blood Center asking for donations after taking heavy hit over weekend

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{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}The Meek Blood Center is asking for your help after taking a heavy hit over the weekend.{/span}ABILENE, Texas - {/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span style="background:white"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}This holiday season they need all types of blood, especially O Negative blood, which is one of the rarest types. {/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}At the Meek Blood Center, the chairs where people donate were empty when we were there, and that's not a good sign for supply.{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}“This is our drawer of O Negative blood, and it is looking a little empty right now,” said Frances Baker, the donor recruiter at the Meek Blood Center.{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}Randall Volcko is a regular donor. He gives about three times a year since the September 11th attacks.{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}“I'm at almost seven gallons now,” Volcko said.  {/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}And right now, they need more people like Volcko to fill their chairs.{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}“We had a lot of usage over the weekend for various reasons between accidents, our NICU, our trauma center and just regular usage,” Baker said. “The supply took a really heavy hit.”{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}Baker said during this busy time of year donations typically go down as demand goes up, and it doesn't take long to make a big difference.{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}“The hour that you take to donate blood could give someone else a lifetime,” Baker said. “It could give them another Christmas with their family.”{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}“It feels really good,” Volcko said. “I'm glad that I help other people out being able to do this.{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}{span style="background:white"}The Meek Blood Center serves 17 hospitals in our area.{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}

{p style="margin-bottom:.0001pt; margin:0in 0in 8pt"}{span style="font-size:16px;"}{span style="font-family:Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif;"}{span style="line-height:107%"}{span style="background:white"}{span arial=""}{span style="color:black"}You can donate at their north and south locations or check out their website to find out where their blood-mobile will be.{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}{/span}  

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