A blood donor talks about the importance of donating as the supply remains limited

“It really feels good to help someone.”

WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — A handful of area hospitals rely on the Texas Blood Institute, from United Regional to Kell West Hospital and more.

“So there are a lot of patients who rely on us to keep blood on the shelves,” said Jennifer Risinger, recruiting manager at TBI.

For more than two years now, the pandemic has continued to keep seats open and supplies low.

“And it was so difficult for us to do that. Just to keep those donations consistent since COVID hit, but especially during the omicron surge,” Risinger said.

So these vital donors, like Eddie Moer, are there to save the day.

“I try to donate blood every two weeks. I donate platelets, and I just like donating blood because it makes me feel good. I can help someone,” Moer said.

With the number of area hospitals they supply blood to, Moer helps more than one person.

“Your neighbors are the patients. It could be your friends or family members who need that blood so that we can continue to make sure our hospitals are stocked because when someone needs blood that’s on the shelf, this is going to save his life,” Risinger said.

Risinger said they weren’t just appealing to lifetime donors, they were looking for anyone and everyone. From experienced donors to beginners and those who just want to help out for a while.

“It’s something I started about six months ago. Well, I have friends who were donating blood and I just thought I’d take after them,” Moer said.

When everyone could use one hand.

“It really feels good to help someone out,” Moer said.

Until February 6, those who donate will receive a free antibody test, so now is the perfect time to check out this beautiful, newly renovated space!

Visit the Texas Blood Institute website for more information.

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