All Hands Cultural Community Center to Host Blood Drive to Help Sickle Cell Patients


FILE – In this file photo from Thursday, March 26, 2020, vials of blood for testing and a bag of donated blood will be sent for testing and use in an American Red Cross blood drive at the Carbondale YMCA in Carbondale, Pennsylvania. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, the US government relaxed restrictions on blood donation from gay men and other key groups due to a decline in the country’s blood supply triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. (Jake Danna Stevens / The Times-Tribune via AP)

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX / KJTL) – A blood drive to ensure the best transfusion results for patients with sickle cell disease takes place within a few weeks.

As the majority of sickle cell patients in the United States are of black origin, more black blood donors are needed.

The inherited disease makes red blood cells stiff and sickle-shaped and makes it more difficult for oxygen to be transported to the rest of the body, causing severe pain, organ damage, and even stroke.

The blood drive will take place on Saturday, May 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the All Hands Community Cultural Center on Tulsa Street.

All donors in attendance will receive a $ 10 Amazon gift card by email.

To make an appointment, visit Red Cross website and enter the sponsor code “wfsicklecell” at the top right of the website.

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