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Blood drive to honor disaster victims
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Blood drive

What: In honor of Moore, Okla., tornado victims and recent flood damage in South Hall

Where: Law Enforcement Center, 610 Main St., Gainesville

When: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday

More info: Deputy Chad Mann, 678-780-8322 or; to organize a blood drive, call Melissa Barton, South Region business development manager for the American Red Cross, at 678-227-464

The Hall County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the North Georgia Detention Center and the American Red Cross to host a blood drive to honor victims of natural disasters both close to home and hundreds of miles away.

The drive, community service officer Deputy Chad Mann said, is to honor those who lost their homes in the recent South Hall flooding, and the victims of the Moore, Okla., tornado.

Melissa Barton, South Region business development manager for the American Red Cross, specified that the blood isn’t sent to Oklahoma, but serves a critical need.

“The American Red Cross supplies blood to over 120 hospitals in the state of Georgia, including the Northeast Georgia Medical Center, so helping keep our local supplies strong will help if there’s a disaster like the disaster in Oklahoma, so we’ll have the blood ready for our patients,” Barton said.

Furthermore, she said, the local need for blood is constant.

“We need to provide 1,200 pints every day in the state of Georgia alone to supply the hospitals contracted with the Red Cross, so we actually have to ship blood in from other states on a monthly basis to meet that need,” she said.
For willing donors, the Red Cross Bloodmobile will be stationed at the sheriff’s office on Main Street from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All blood donations will benefit the Northeast Georgia Chapter of the American Red Cross.

The office is urging eligible donors to spread the word and recruit others to participate in blood donation, a process that generally takes an hour from start to finish.

Barton said the sheriff’s office reached out to her about the drive.

“In this case, they contacted me. In most cases I’m calling them because we’re constantly seeking new sponsors, simply because, as I’ve said, we don’t usually collect enough blood within the state on a monthly basis,” she said.
Barton urged potential sponsors of a blood drive to contact her for information and help in organizing their own mobile drive.

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