With blood supply at crisis level, local blood drive set for Monday

By SPECIAL TO THE SUN-SENTINEL,

Mississippi Blood Services will be conducting a community blood drive in Charleston on Tuesday, Jan. 9, from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The MBS donor coach will be parked on the grounds of Dollar General. Donors will receive a T-shirt while supplies last.

“Mississippi Blood Services (MBS) has hit a crisis level inventory after a huge drop in donors due to the weather and the holidays. We had 25 percent less donors than expected in December, which is approximately 1,000 units short of what is needed. We are asking everyone who can donate blood to please do so,” urged MBS spokesperson Susan Ates. 

Blood donors must be at least 16 years old.  Sixteen-year-olds need signed parental consent, and a consent form is available at the MBS website, msblood.com.

Donors also must weigh at least  110 pounds and have a valid ID.

For more information about the upcoming blood drive and blood donation in general, visit the website or call MBS at 888-902-5663.

MBS was founded in 1979 and is the only not-for-profit blood center headquartered in Mississippi.

Obituaries

CHARLESTON — Charley Lee Williams, age 64, passed away at his home Tuesday, April 17.