Blood Supply is Low

David Kelsey has donated almost five gallons of blood. He gives as much as he can, one donation every eight weeks.

"It feels good," said Kelsey. "You never know who it goes to, but you know it's helping somebody. We all should chip in a little bit, whether it's giving blood or whatever, from time to time. It may be me one of these days [in need of a donation]."

The Stewart Regional Blood Center in Lufkin desperately needs O- blood donations right now. O- is known as the universal blood type because anyone can receive it.

Donor Room Coordinator Kathy DuPree said, "You have cancer patients that are always needing blood, and then you have your trauma victims. The summer is a critical time because there are a lot more accidents, so there's more people using and there's less donors because everybody's on vacation and enjoying those fun times."

David Meyer gave his first blood donation in college. Twenty years later, he's still giving blood and saving lives.

"It's important," said Meyer. "It's something that I try and do as often as I can or when the need arises. They're looking for O type blood donors right now. I happen to be one."

Anyone who is at least 17 years old, weighs at least 110 pounds, and is in good general health can give the gift of life.

The Stewart Regional Blood Center is located at the Southwood/Feagin exit just off the loop in Lufkin. You do not need an appointment to donate. It'll be open Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.