Scott & White Hospital Press Release — Killeen ISD high schools will compete in a “Blood Wars” competition throughout the month of May.
Each high school has paired up with the Scott & White Blood Center to host a blood drive on campus and will work to recruit students, staff members, as well as members of the surrounding communities to come support their school and donate. Each high school will receive one point for every unit of blood collected at their campus drive, and once each school has completed their blood drive, the school that has collected the most units will be presented with an engraved trophy.
The competition kicks off at Killen High School on May 3, Shoemaker High School on May 6, Ellison High School on May 17 and Harker Heights High School on May 28 and 29. All drives will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
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 factored in with both the increased number of traumas that occur during the holidays and decreased amount of traffic coming through to donate blood over the summer, the need for ongoing blood donation quickly becomes an urgent issue.”
Donors will receive a free t-shirt, free half dozen donuts from Shipley Donuts, and the chance to win two tickets to Six Flags Over Texas donated by the Scott & White Employees Credit Union. 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 them at bloodcenter.sw.org.