Allstate Insurance, in partnership with Coffee Memorial Blood Center, will host a blood drive Dec. 30.
“We want to urge the public to take 10, 15 minutes out of your day and give blood. It's one of the most amazing gifts we can give. What a great way to end the year,” said Paul McInally, business development for Allstate Insurance.
With this being the third collaboration between the two organizations, they hope to raise the amount of blood donors from last year's 20 donors.
“I would love to get 25 people. Coffee Memorial normally will have 10 to 15, especially at this time of the year, because it's the last one and so close to the new year. I'm just going to try to push this as hard as we can, to get as many people to donate,” said McInally.
According to Misti Newsom, event planner and donor recruitment manager for Coffee Memorial Blood Center, although Amarillo is stable in their blood supply, they do understand that there will be a rise in need over the holiday season due to travel related incidents.
“Blood is actually needed more during the holidays because people travel more, and unfortunately when there's more travel, there’s more accidents, ... and because a lot of people select elective surgeries during this time of year. It's just really important for us to try to get blood on those really crucial days,” Newsom said.
“Every two seconds, somebody in the world needs blood, and less than 10% of the world's population donates blood. We need 125 units a day just to take care of our area patients here in Amarillo,” she said.
Individuals who donate will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. Some of the prizes include a Visa gift card, a Vudu subscription, and tickets to the Don Harrington Discovery Center.
Individuals must be older than 16 years of age to donate.
The bloodmobile will be located at 3433 Plains Blvd from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. that Thursday, individuals who wish to donate are asked to register online at https://www.yourbloodinstitute.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/382766
“With one donation, its three lives saved,” Newsom said.
This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: End the year giving: Allstate Insurance hosts blood drive