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Blood Assurance sends critical supply to Texas and Oklahoma

From Local 3 News: One donation can make a difference; Blood Assurance was asked to send a critical supply to help storm victims in Texas and Okla

From Local 3 News: One donation can make a difference; Blood Assurance was asked to send a critical supply to help storm victims in Texas and Oklahoma.

 

They will also need help refilling shelves here.

 

“The fact that I know my one donation can save up to three lives,” said Brooke Kats. “I can’t even describe how it feels at the end of the day.”

 

A string of tornadoes tore through parts of Oklahoma and Texas, leaving a path of chaos.

 

More than 20 people were killed and several injuries.

 

Brooke Katz from Blood Assurance says the impact places a strain on local hospitals.

 

“In this case, it is Carter Blood Care out in Texas. They need help because of these storms that have gone through,” she said. “So now we’re at the ready and going to send them some units so they have plenty of supply to help those victims.”

 

Blood Assurance is part of the Blood Emergency Readiness Core.

 

In the event of a catastrophic event, blood banks across the country work together to help vulnerable communities. By joining together, no hospital goes without.

 

“There is a supply that’s ready on supply, and it doesn’t drain any one blood center too much because we also have to take care of people right here in our own community, as well,” she said.

 

Katz is encouraging everyone to roll up their sleeves, and there are a few requirements.

 

“All you have to do is be over the age of 17 or 16 with parental consent. Be at least 115 pounds and be in relatively good health. It’s a quick process. “

 

Your donation will restore the supply locally.

 

She says every blood type counts, but for those who are O-negative, which is safe for anyone to receive, the need is even greater.

 

“So that donation makes a huge difference,” she said “It makes a huge difference. It really does. It means so much.”

 

Katz tells me they are among 35 blood banks across the country helping storm victims.

 

She says if anyone donates between now and May 31. You’ll get a free Memorial Day t-shirt.