Two blood drives set for March 23

Meek Blood Center will bring two bloodmobiles to Sweetwater on Wednesday, March 23. One blood drive will take place at the Nolan County Courthouse and the other one will take place at the Lions Club building on Lamar Street. Hours at both drives will be noon until 6 p.m. Meek Blood Center supplies all of the blood used for patient care at Rolling Plains Memorial Hospital.Each pint of blood saves two lives, because each unit is split into red blood cells and plasma. The shelf life of red blood cells is 42 days. Plasma can be frozen for up to one year. There are many different medical conditions that require blood or plasma transfusions. This includes cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy, accident or trauma victims, surgical patients, premature babies and those with chronic anemia. All of these patients depend on volunteer donors to supply them with lifesaving blood products.Donors must be at least 17 years old (age 16 with signed parental consent), weigh a minimum of 120 pounds and in general good health. All donors must present a photo ID. Those who have eligibility questions may call Meek Blood Center at 325-670-2798 or visit the website at