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Getting the blood pumping with donations

The American Red Cross blood drive on July 13 was a successful one thanks to many.
“Our goal was 35 units and we received 39,” said Nancy Brinson effort at the Cail Community Center. “My goal is for community as a whole is to embrace this mission. I say ‘mission’ because I view it as just that -- you don’t have to travel to other countries to be involved in mission work … it can be take place at the Cail Community Center.”
Brinson, local coordinator of the blood drives, said blood can neither be reproduced nor bought in a store.
“It comes from donors willing to invest a couple of hours once every 56 days,” she said. “Blood is needed on a daily basis for various reasons: during surgery, cancer patients, aiding trauma patients, people with blood disorders like my buddy Irelynn Rose, transfusions, the list goes on and on.”
The winner of the $25 drawing at the drive because the goal was exceeded by 5 units was Brian Scott.
Brinson thanked Ed Thompson and Joiner Anderson Funeral Home for supplying some extra fans at the center. Brinson said Thompson is an avid supporter of the Red Cross as he has put out signs for years notifying people of the local blood drives.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs a blood transfusion.
Your whole blood donation may help as many as three lives.
One out of 10 people admitted to the hospital needs blood.
Nearly 5 million people need blood transfusions each year.
People 65 years or older account for 13 percent of the population but use about 50 percent of all whole blood and red cells transfused.
The American Red Cross collects about 40 percent of the blood needed each year in the United States.
All donated blood is tested for transmitted diseases.
You cannot contract HIV or any other infectious disease by giving blood.
Blood products are perishable and must be continuously replenished.
“I’m asking help from the community churches, civic clubs and businesses to become involved in order for future blood drives to be successful,” Brinson said. “I need help with the following if anyone is interested in volunteering: making homemade refreshments for the donors, putting up posters, recruiting donors, escorts for donors, and serving refreshments.”