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October 31, 2013

Memphis Hosts Fall Community Blood Drive

The American Red Cross and local volunteers would like to thank all those who came out to give blood during our fall community blood drive held October 8th at the First Baptist Church of Memphis. Seventy-nine people came out to donate blood and seventy-five units were collected from our community.

On average, one unit of blood is needed every two seconds in the U.S. to treat patients of all ages suffering from a variety of conditions including cancer, anemia, trauma and organ transplantation. To help in meeting this demand, the Red Cross strives to collect 15,000 units of blood daily.

"Knowing the history of our community's support for this important cause, we look forward to a larger turnout for the January blood drive," said Pastor Dan Hite.

The blood drive was blessed by the efforts of several first-time donors, all from Scotland County High School - Desera Knupp, Chester E. Robinson, Cheyenne Saulmon and Zackary Small.

A number of donors also were recognized for reaching various donation goals. Two-gallon pins were awarded to Sharon K. Bradley and Bethany R. Martin and five-gallon pins were awarded to Sara J. Frederick and Marlene H. Oberholtzer. Six-gallon pins were awarded to Edith H. Oberholtzer, John L. Shaffer and Debbie K. Woods; while Elizabeth Ann Luther earned her eight-gallon pin. An eleven-gallon pin was awarded to Richard A. Middleton.

"Congratulations to all the donors who have reached these important milestones in giving and to all first-time donors, may it begin a lifelong habit of giving," said Hite.

The Blood Drive for the American Red Cross is always a community effort. The following merchants and organizations are recognized for their generous donations in support of this recent drive: Community Bank for supplying sandwiches for all donors, Pizza Hut for donating free pizzas to student donors, First Christian Church of Memphis for providing homemade cookies and J's Food for providing orange juice to all donors. A very special thanks goes out to all our local volunteers who serve to make the event possible. The next community blood drive for the American Red Cross will be held on January 7th, 2014.

"Please mark you calendars and take time to come out and give blood," Hite said. "It's an easy way to help save someone's life."

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