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May 2, 2013

Spring Blood Drive Collects 88 Units

The spring community blood drive held on April 16th resulted in the donation of seventy-two units of blood to the American Red Cross. This ties the number of units donated in the previous blood drive held January 8th of this year.

Organizer Dan Hite stated a strong showing by Scotland County R-I High School students helped produce the significant total.

There were over twenty students who made the effort to donate during the current blood drive. Seven of them were first-time donors: Chelsea Burkhiser, Jordan Doubet, Chris Jackson, Kaitlynn Orton, Keysha Orton, Cody Parkins and Mason Van Hoozen.

Carolyn Oberholtzer and Sheryl Zimmerman rounded out the list of first-time donors.

"May this mark the beginning of a lifelong habit of helping others through this life-giving gift," Hite said.

The following donors were recognized for reaching their respective donation goals. A one-gallon pin was awarded to Brandon L. Monroe. A two-gallon pin was awarded to Ruth S. Horst. Three-gallon pins were awarded to Keith S. Chance and Merle M. Oberholtzer. Lois Smith and Robert A. Tinkle Jr. received their four-gallon pins. Bruce Childress earned a six-gallon pin, and Diana D. Wagner topped the list by earning an eleven-gallon pin. This is equal to 88 units blood, which makes the point that one committed person can make a big difference.

"Let's be encouraged by their commitment, knowing that we, too, can make a difference," Hite said. "Congratulations to all these who have reached their respective goals and to all first-time donors. Your much-needed donations are greatly appreciated."

The United Methodist Church Larger Parrish provided a generous supply of homemade cookies and sandwiches. Pizza Hut donated free pizzas to student donors and J's Foods provided orange juice to all donors.

"A very special thank you goes to local girl Scout Troops 9085 and 9086 for serving food and drinks to donors and to all the local volunteers who served to make this event possible providing comfort and support to both the Red Cross workers and all who give," Hite said. ". God Bless!"

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