PANAMA CITY, Fla. - One of the largest blood donation events in the Panhandle took place today at Bill Cramer Chevrolet. For 31 years, Bill Cramer Chevrolet has opened its doors for blood drives with the American Red Cross.
"The whole process has been easy. Easy and quick here," said Mary Shelton.
Mary Shelton just moved from California to Panama City and is already making a difference in her new community.
"Well I have O negative and it's supposed to be the universal type so I guess it's what they need, Shelton said.
She's given blood over 10 times but like many, she wasn't always on board.
"I was really afraid for a long time. But you know theres nothing to it, I think people get it in their mind that it's going to hurt or be really uncomfortable but I've never had a problem," said Shelton.
The American Red Cross say the summer and winter seasons are typically when blood supply is lowest, so they look for eligible donors with all blood types.
"There is a critical blood shortage and the American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for all eligible donors to give so we do need help replenishing the blood supply," said Kristen Stancil of the American Red Cross.
Stancil says eligible donors are people who are 17 years old or older, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.
"The blood donation process is relatively easy. It takes a little over an hour from start to finish and that's going to include start to finish with refreshments at the end," said Stancil.
She also says people can save time and start the registration process online.
"It's really nice especially because there is a shortage that people can come and take time out of their day to help out," said Shelton.
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