UPDATED: Thursday, May 22, 2014 - 10:47pm
Killeen, Texas (KWKT) — Four Killeen High Schools are participating in the annual "Blood Wars" competition. The war kicked off at the beginning of April and will finish at the end of this month. Only two schools remain to hold their blood drives, Ellison High and Harker High School.
Ellison High School, will host its blood drive on May 22nd and 23rd. Harker Heights High School will host the last drive on May 27 and 28. Both drives will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 pm.
Each high school will receive one point for every unit of blood collected. Once each school has completed its blood drive, the school with the most points will be presented with an engraved trophy.
The month of May begins a critical period for the blood supply at Scott & White Blood Center that lasts throughout the summer. "Roughly one out of every seven people that enter a hospital will need blood, which is a lot of blood even on a typical day," said Walter Linz, M.D., medical director of the Scott & White Blood Center. "However, when you combine the increased number of traumas that occur during the summer holidays and the decreased amount of donor traffic coming through to donate over the summer, the need for ongoing blood donation of all blood types quickly becomes an urgent issue."
Donors will receive a free t-shirt, coupons from local businesses, and the chance to win some great prizes. In addition, eligible students will receive one community service credit hour for their donation.
Blood donors must be at least 17 years of age and weigh more than 110 pounds. Each donor must present a picture ID in order to be registered to donate. Most medications are fine including blood pressure and cholesterol prescriptions.
For more information, please call the Scott & White Blood Center at 254-724-HERO (4376) or 877-724-HERO (4376) or visit the website at bloodcenter.sw.org http://www.sw.org/blood-center/blood-center-landing.