Citizens Save Lives in Record Numbers at Center PD Blood Drive

Update: 44 units collected with 8 defereals sets new record for Center PD Blood Drive

March 25, 2020 - Due to COVID-19 altering the day to day operations of most people and causing events to be cancelled, the Center Police Department stepped up when the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center put out a notice needing emergency blood drives.

On March 25th, the citizens of Shelby County did not disappoint with their support as well. Blood drive chairperson Amy Lindley, who is a dispatcher for the Center Police Department, advised she has had the most pre-signups ever with 31 appointments being set. The blood drive which started at 10am Wednesday was just drawing to an end at 5pm with walk-up donors pushing them past their projected 4pm end time.

Lindley did say that in the past, a good blood drive averaged 10 to 15 pre-signups so she is excited to see what the final numbers for this drive will be. She anticipates it will easily surpass the Christmas Eve blood drive which had a record 35 people with only 3 deferrals. As of 3:30pm, they had already exceeded those numbers.