YMCA encourages blood donations

YMCA encourages blood donations

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -As we begin 2019, experts said there’s still a need for blood in Southwest Georgia.

Wednesday, the Albany Area YMCA partnered with the American Red Cross to encourage people to give their community a boost.

Officials from the Albany Area YMCA said they want folks to start off the new year with the community in mind by donating blood.

The turnout for a blood drive exceeded their expectations.

Organizers wanted to host the blood drive early in the year to encourage folks to come back again.

While many people showed up Wednesday, organizers said this event was about more than just giving blood.

“The key is to be able to offer this community effort to promote wellness, to promote fitness, the social responsibility component of what the Y is all about and indeed what the Red Cross is about which is to support us in our community,” said President and CEO of the Albany Area YMCA Dan Gillen.

He said hosting this blood drive was also aimed at promoting togetherness, and he said he hopes more and more people will participate.

They would like to hold this blood drives on a quarterly basis to watch the need for blood decrease in our area.

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