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Blood drive today at WEAR studios
Happening now: We here at WEAR are holding a special blood drive in recognition of National Blood Donor Month.
It's our first drive of the year and there is a large need for donations at this time.
Blood is traditionally in short supply in January due to holidays, travel, illness and inclement weather conditions. This results in a lower turnout of blood donors.
January has been designated National Blood Donor Month to honor donors, encourage regular and first time donors to give blood.
Every two seconds someone in our nation needs a blood transfusion and the only source for blood is volunteer donors.
Each blood donor will receive a wellness check, iron check and cholesterol screening. To add to donor motivation blood donors who donate twice between November 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014 will be entered into a drawing to win a 2014 Kia Soul. The drawing will also include first and second place winners who will receive a $250 and a $150 gas card.
"We are in the winter months right now, there is a need for blood and your time spent making a donation will save a life in our local hospitals."
"We received word from some states in the north that they need blood because of the arctic blast. We have a huge need for RH negative, platelets and plasma donors."
You can donate today until 6:00 pm here at the TV studio located at 4990 Mobile Highway.