Meridian Star

December 28, 2013

The Gift of Life

Annual Mash Bash Blood Drive helps others

By Brian Livingston /
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     James Deviney figures if he has the blood to give, then it is something he can provide to people to save a life.

    "I have been giving for a long time and it is something I can do to help others," Deviney said while participating in the Mash Bash Blood Drive Friday at the Temple Theater. "It is a good feeling knowing somebody's life might be saved by my blood."

    The Mash Bash Blood Drive is the largest of the year for United Blood Services. Katie Martin, donor recruitment representative for UBS, said the goal is to collect 175 pints of blood Friday.

    "As you can see we have a good number of people who are waiting so the response has been fantastic," Martin said. "It only takes a few minutes to save a life."

    Martin said the holiday season is when UBS needs donors the most. She said with people traveling during the holiday season, the number of donors is usually down. At the same time, the increase in motorists marks a rise in traffic accidents, accidents that produces patients in need of blood.

    "We also have had four or five transplant operations at our local hospitals recently and that puts a huge strain on local blood supplies," Martin said.

    Martin said for those wishing to give blood in the future, they can go to the United Blood Services website and fill out a form that will speed up the process for donors.

    This preregistration would come in handy when UBS begins their monthly blood drive program set to start Jan. 13. For more information about this upcoming program, call Martin at 601-813-6312.