Blood drive a chance to give back

Published 7:58 pm Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Though Christmas has passed, the spirit of giving will be alive and well at the Selma-Dallas County YMCA Wednesday.

The American Red Cross will host a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. in the lobby, which will give people the opportunity to give the gift of life.

During the summer, fitness staff member Devin King, who is helping conduct the blood drive, said they saw strong results, which prompted the Red Cross to set up another drive.

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“We collected 37 pints of blood, and with that, they were able to save 150 lives,” he said. “It was very successful, and we are hoping to see more of the same this year.”

Some will also receive gifts when they donate blood.

Some students who donate a pint of blood will have the opportunity to earn college scholarships. Every volunteer donor will automatically be entered into a drawing to win a pair of roundtrip Delta Air Lines tickets to their destination of choice as well. The drive, King said, is extremely important because supplies at many blood banks in Alabama and across the nation are low.

“It’s always important to give,” he said. “It could save someone’s life.”

Photo identification is required to donate. Donors must also be 17 and weigh 110 pounds. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, call 412-7614.

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