Amarillo, Tx (PRWEB) June 17, 2013
Street Toyota in Amarillo, Texas will be hosting a blood drive for Coffee Memorial Blood Center on Saturday, June 22, 2013 in their south showroom located at 4500 S. Soncy Road. The event will run from 10:00am until 5:00pm. In order to donate, you must be at least 17 years of age with a valid ID (or 16 years of age with parental consent), in good health and weigh at least 115 pounds and it has been 56 days or more since your last donation.
Summertime is historically the time of the year that the most blood transfusions are needed and the least amount of blood is donated. During the school year, donations are higher as many high schools hold blood drives, which help to recruit first-time donors, and allows a larger number of units to be collected. In the summer, Coffee Memorial Blood Center depends on the general public to help keep their blood supply at an acceptable level. Every three seconds, someone in the United States is in need of a blood transfusion, but only around 1% of the population are regular blood donors. For every pint of blood donated, it can be separated into three components that can help up to three different people in need, from accident victims and burn victims to surgery patients and newborns. While those with O negative blood are the most sought after as they are Universal Donors, all blood types are needed to keep supplies at a safe level. It only takes an average of eight minutes to give a pint of blood once the needle is inserted and that eight minutes can save the life of up to three people that need blood or blood components.
Street Toyota is proud to sponsor events that benefit the community in all ways. While the Coffee Memorial Blood Drive is just one event that gives back to the community, this time of year it can be the one that helps save lives all over the Amarillo, Texas area. For more information about blood donation, please contact the Coffee Memorial Blood Center at 877-574-8800. For more information about Street Toyota, please visit their website at StreetToyota.com or you can reach them by phone at 888-904-8417.