Thursday, February 7, 2008

Blood Donors Needed

I've never needed a blood transfusion, but I've known plenty of people who have--all different ages. Last year, I went to our marketing department and asked if there was something we could do to help get more blood donors in to Mississippi Blood Services. We brainstormed for a while and I asked my good friend and editorial cartoonist, Marshall Ramsey, if he would lend his drawing pen in designing a t-shirt for a Valentines blood drive in 2007. He graciously agreed. We not only did a blood drive on February 14, but also did one for Halloween. Due to the popularity of the t-shirt and the good hearts of Mississippians, we broke all previous donation records set in 2007 for Mississippi Blood Services (even broke the record for their blood drives the week of September 11, 2001.)

We're doing it again and we're asking for the donors to roll up their sleeves and help. This year, not only will donors receive a new designed t-shirt from Marshall, lunch by SoulShine Pizza Factory, and Valentines sweets from Three Sisters & A Mixer, but donors receive a chance to win: a weekend getaway package from Horizon Casino and a diamond & sapphire necklace from Sollberger. Over the next few days, you'll see the commercial on WLBT, but I wanted to share it with you here.

We've added some satellite donor locations this year for the first time: Millsaps College in Jackson (10am-4pm), the Vicksburg Walmart (Noon-6pm) and the Natchez Walmart (Noon-6pm). Those locations will have the Marshall Ramsey t-shirt, too. So if you're in town on February 14 or close to any of those locations, please come out and give blood to those who are in desperate need to have surgeries and other procedures but can't due to the lack of it.


John said...

I would love to give blood. Gives me a valid excuse for kicking back and being lazy(as if I need one). Give platelets and get to watch a movie. Can't do that in the doctors office.
They just won't trust me that I won't bleed to death just because I'm on blood thinner and aspirin.
Need folks to make up for some of us who would like to, but can't.

Aliya said...

I would love to come give blood could you please do a post on times that they will be out and about at the satelite locations. I am most interested in the one at MC. Thanks.

Barbie Bassett said...

I just put the times back on the blog. Millsaps College donations will be taken from 10am-4pm at the student center. Would love to have you!

Melanieshea said...

I will be there! Is it right there on Lakeland? Thx! Melanie