First National Bank to have blood drive

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First National Bank will have a blood drive from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 29 in the Fairway branch parking lot to meet the needs of patients in Texoma regional hospitals, according to a media release.

Donors of all types are urgently needed to ensure blood is available for every Texoma hospital patient throughout the holiday season this year, according to the release.

Ben Schaffner, account consultant with the Texas Blood Institute, said the ongoing demand for blood will continue to be high this year and into January during the highest traffic season of the year.

It takes nearly 1,200 donors per day to meet the needs of patients in Texoma regional hospitals, according to the release.

Vaccination status has no bearing on a person’s ability to donate, according to the release. Those who have been vaccinated may still donate without a waiting period.

For more information, or to schedule your donation appointment, call Kerry Sheppard at First National Bank at 940-687-3107.

It takes about an hour of your time to give blood, according to the release. First-time donors are especially needed, so please encourage those who haven’t donated before to join you and donate together.

Those who have been vaccinated can donate blood without a waiting period, according to the release.

All donors receive their choice of a long-sleeved T-shirt while supplies last or a COVID-19 antibody test, according to the release.

Anyone 16 or older who is generally healthy can typically give blood, according to the release. Donors 16 and 17 need a parent’s consent for COVID-19 antibody screening.

You can give blood every 56 days and platelets every seven days up to 24 times a year, according to the release.

This article originally appeared on Wichita Falls Times Record News: FNB to have blood drive

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