Jack’s and Tom Bryan State Farm Host Opelika Blood Drive

Published March 8, 2013


Jack’s and Tom Bryan State Farm will host a blood drive through the LifeSouth Community Blood Center’s Bloodmobile Mon., March 11 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Tom Bryan State Farm. Jack’s, Tom Bryan State Farm and LifeSouth Community Blood Center urge all eligible donors who are feeling healthy to support their community by donating blood.

“We are excited to have Jack’s and State Farm work together to support the local community blood supply by hosting a blood drive,” said LifeSouth Regional Manager Tasha Lamb. “The need for blood never stops. We rely on the support of our community and local businesses to supply our patients with the blood they need. We are proud to have a new business like Jacks work with another supporter of blood donations to spread the word of our need for blood and help our community.”

Each donation can help save three lives, yet eligible blood donors only make up approximately five percent of the population. Still, to meet the blood supply needs of the patients at the area hospitals, the drive goal is to collect 16 pints of blood.

“It takes 39 donors a day, more than 250 donors a week and more than 1,000 blood donors each month to supply the hospitals we serve in this community, as we provide 100% of their blood and blood products,” said Lamb. “When we do not have those donors, we could go into a blood shortage. This is why we ask every eligible donor to come out and donate every 56 days to ensure the local community blood supply is at an adequate level at all times.”

Lamb emphasized that blood must be donated, tested and provided to the hospital before it is ever used.

“Someone needs a blood transfusion every three seconds. Patients only receive a transfusion if their life depends on it, so when people donate blood, they are truly giving the gift of life,” Lamb said.

Tom Bryan State Farm representative Jackie Murray has challenged other area State Farm companies to host a blood drive, as well.

“We are right across the street from the hospital and know that there is always a need for blood,” said Murray. “We hope the community will support the event so we can make this an annual event.”

Jack’s Director of Marketing Pam Measel said the family-oriented restaurant hopes to make a difference in the community though this event. Donors must be 17 or older, or 16 with parental permission, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in good health. A photo ID is also required. All donors receive a recognition item and cholesterol screening.

Those who cannot donate blood may help by publishing the information about the blood drive on their Facebook or Twitter accounts and encouraging a friend or family member to come out and help.

For information about donating, donors may call LifeSouth toll-free at 888-795- 2707 or go to http://www.lifesouth.org/.


About Jack’s Family Restaurants, Inc.
Jack’s Family Restaurants, Inc. was started in 1960 in Homewood, Ala. The restaurant specializes in fresh burgers, crinkle-cut fries and hand-dipped shakes. Jack’s has more than 100 stores across the Southeast- with locations in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Since 1960, many things have changed in our world, but one thing has remained the same: Jack’s is still serving up great food, with a smile.