All Hands Cultural Community Center to host a blood drive to help sickle cell patients

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FILE – In this Thursday, March 26, 2020 file photo, vials of blood for testing and a donated bag of blood will be sent for testing and use at an American Red Cross blood drive at the Carbondale YMCA in Carbondale, Pa. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, the U.S. government eased restrictions on blood donations from gay men and other key groups because of a drop in the nation’s blood supply triggered by the coronavirus outbreak. (Jake Danna Stevens/The Times-Tribune via AP)

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A blood drive to ensure the best transfusion results for patients with sickle cell disease is happening in a few weeks.

With the majority of sickle cell patients in the U.S. being of black descent, more black blood donors are needed.

The inherited disease causes red blood cells to be rigid and sickle-shaped and makes it harder to carry oxygen to the rest of the body causing severe pain, organ damage, and even stroke.

The blood drive will be held on Saturday, May 22, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the All Hands Cultural Community Center on Tulsa St.

All presenting donors will receive a $10 Amazon gift card through email.

To schedule an appointment visit the Red Cross website and enter sponsor code ‘wfsicklecell’ in the top right of the website.

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