Dec. 29, 2002
No holiday season seems to be pass without an increased demand for blood and, as always, United Blood Services is on the scene. On Monday, UBS could use your help as the annual M*A*S*H Bash takes place at the Temple Theatre ballroom from noon- 7 p.m.
UBS staff members, teaming up with WTOK-TV, will dress as characters from the award-winning television show about life in a mobile Army surgical hospital during the Korean War. Officials, knowing that December is not usually the best month for blood donations, are hoping for at least 100 units of blood.
As the non-profit blood supplier serving hospitals in East Mississippi and West Alabama, UBS performs an essential, life-giving service. Local businesses are also helping out with the M*A*S*H Bash, including Domino's Pizza, Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Aaron's Sales and Lease Ownership.
Given the severity of the blood shortage, we encourage our readers to support the M*A*S*H Bash and give blood on Monday. Here is a reminder of the requirements for donors:
Be at least 17 years old.
Weigh at least 110 pounds.
No previous blood donation within 56 days.
Have proper identification.
United Blood Services can now accept blood from diabetics and people with high blood pressure who are on medication. Donors who are on high blood pressure medicine are, however, required to know the name of their medicine before donating.
For more information, call UBS at 482-2482.