Two blood donation locations on May 7

Meek Blood Center will offer Sweetwater residents two blood donation locations on Wednesday, May 7 from noon until 6 p.m. One bloodmobile will be parked in the First Financial Bank parking lot and the other will be parked at the Lions Club building on Lamar Street. The blood donations collected will support patients needing blood transfusions at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital as well as 16 other area hospitals.Volunteer blood donors play a vital role in the community by providing lifesaving blood transfusions to patients with many different medical conditions. The biggest user of blood and blood products are cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy treatment. While a cancer patient may require multiple units of blood at one time, as little as three teaspoons of blood can save the life of a premature baby. Changes have been made to streamline the screening process and some previous restrictions regarding medical conditions and medications have been lifted. Those who have eligibility questions can speak with the Meek Blood Center supervisor at 325-670-2880.Each donor will receive a T-shirt and a complimentary total cholesterol test.