By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
A blood drive Friday at Vidant Edgecombe Hospital was a success. The American Red Cross bloodmobile rolled up in the hospital parking lot around 10 a.m. and left around 2:30 p.m.
“We get one little group through and another coming in,” said Faith Fambrough, donor services tech for American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region. “We constantly have somebody in the system.”
By 12:30 p.m., 18 people had donated or were in the process of donating. The goal for the blood drive was 25 people.
Jason Webb, a certified registered nurse anesthetist for the hospital, decided to give blood for the first time in five years.
“It’s not as bad as some people say it is,” he said. “It helps out. People need blood…It’ll help in surgery or if they have a car accident or something.”
Kara Norris, 29, of Hobgood, also gave blood Friday. She said she normally gets lightheaded during the process but received a snack, a drink and an opportunity to rest after donating. Like all donors Friday, she received a Red Cross T-shirt.
“The ones that take our blood are always great. They take care of me,” Norris said. “I just try to keep doing it because it’s helping other people. I’m hoping one day it could save somebody’s life.”
Lydia Edmonds, 30, of Scotland Neck, also gave blood Friday. She is a former Red Cross employee and has been donating regularly since the 10th grade.
“You help at least two or three people for one pint given. I feel like that’s good,” Edmonds said. “You just never know who will need blood. It could be a family member.”
The American Red Cross Mid-Atlantic Region is in urgent need of blood platelets and types O negative, A negative and B negative blood.
“Whenever there’s a car accident and they need (blood) ASAP, we need that O negative on hand,” Edmonds said. “We get it from the Red Cross.”
Giving blood offers health benefits to the donor, as well, Edmonds noted.
“It lowers your blood pressure, if you have high blood pressure. It helps you lose weight,” she said. “You feel so much better after you donate.”
Eating foods such as green leafy vegetables helps replenish red blood cells after donation, she said.
Donors can give blood once every 56 days, said Fambrough. Donors must meet certain height and weight requirements and be in generally good health.
Call 1-800-733-2767 or visit redcrossblood.org/summer for more information about donation and to make an appointment.