Ind. Blood Center employee knows importance of donations first hand

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – With summer coming to a close blood donations tend to slow down causing a blood shortage across the Wabash Valley.

Now the Indiana Blood Center is asking you to roll up your sleeve and give back.

Reaching out to help others is part of Amy Mason’s job title at the Indiana Blood Center.

“Just wanted to check in and see if you were ready to give some blood,” she said as she makes calls to donors.

Making calls may seem like a mundane task but it’s more crucial now than ever.

“August is a difficult month because you have parents in that back to school rush, and typically blood donation is not in the forefront of their mind,” said Mason.

Empty chairs and a dangerously low blood supply is the current situation at the Indiana Blood Center in Terre Haute.

“All blood types are needed right now, sometimes we call for our negative blood types but actually we are low across the board,” said Mason.

It’s a cause that hits close to home for Mason who has become personally invested in getting donors in the doors.

“In 2005 I actually needed somewhere in the high 20’s of blood and blood products.”

A scary moment in which she found herself on the other end of the cause.

“I had a full term pregnancy that actually ended in a stillbirth. When they delivered the baby the blood was basically going out faster than it was coming in.”

Donations would be the difference between life and death.

“They had trouble stabilizing me and realized that was the only thing that was going to save me.”

Now a proud mother of three, Mason rallies for those who are fighting for their lives, as she once was.

“I talk to people everyday who say it’s on my list, on my list, well you never know when it’s going to be someone in your family, when it’s going to be your next door neighbor in a car accident, or in a situation like I was, and that’s going to be the only thing that saves them.”

The center needs to see at least 550 donors a day to supply sixty hospitals throughout the Hoosier state.

To find a location and to schedule an appointment, visit their website.

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