The Meek Blood Center at Hendrick Medical is facing a blood shortage, along with the rest of the country, because of the weather.
Nationwide, this is the worst blood shortage in 15 years, due, in large part to extreme weather.
The Meek Blood Center supplies 17 area hospitals with their blood supply and relies solely on volunteer donations.
The majority of these volunteer donations, about 75 percent, come in from one of the two mobile blood banks. This summer, one of these blood banks is out of commission but they're still finding it hard to keep the other at an appropriate temperatures for their donors.
Frances Baker, Donor Recruiter for the Meek Blood Center, said that the temperature should be around 68 degrees to avoid lightheadedness or a sick feeling for their donors.
In addition to the heat cutting blood drives short, many would-be donors opt to stay indoors instead.
This is why Baker is encouraging everyone to make the trip to the center where it's always 68 degrees and the heat isn't a factor.
Donations usually take an hour but with one mobile blood bank on the fritz, there are more staff members at the center to help you get in and out.
In addition to saving lives, the Meek Blood Center will be entering donors in a drawing for a Texas Rangers Baseball prize pack. The drawing will be held on August 15 and includes tickets to see them play the Minnesota Twins on August 25, parking at the game, a hotel stay, and a $50 gas card.
For more information and hours of operation, you can visit the Meek Blood Center's website at http://www.meekbloodcenter.org/index.htm.