Lufkin plasma donation center reacts to national plasma shortage

Updated: Aug. 1, 2018 at 5:56 PM CDT
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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - In response to the American Red Cross' announcement of a summer plasma shortage, the BPL Plasma Donation Center in Lufkin revealed that they are also feeling the stress with plasma production down 15 percent.

The BPL center opened back in October and is already combating the stress that plasma donation centers see during the summer months.

According to the center's employees, the summer causes people to be dehydrated more often, which makes it harder to get a good plasma donation.

However, the importance of plasma donations has remained the same.

"It takes 130 donations to treat an immune deficiency or autoimmune disease just for a year," said marketing manager Ashlyn Alsbrooks. "And, for hemophiliacs, it'll take 1,200 donations to help support them for a year. We currently, just our center, have helped a hundred and twenty donors."

According to the staff here at BPL, they must have at least 100 donors every day to be on a successful path.

To fight the shortage, the American Red Cross is offering a $5 Amazon gift card to those who donate through August 13th.

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