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May 26, 2003

Valdosta - Alison Boyle spent her holiday giving the gift of life. "It's a special way we can honor our past veterans," said Boyle.

As early as 10:00 this morning, Valdosta's Red Cross center was filled with donors supporting our military. It's part of the Red Cross's first annual Military Blood Drive.

"What better way to honor those who risked and gave their lives so we can have the freedom we do today," said Kathy Dallas, Red Cross District Director.

The military blood drive comes at a time when South Georgia's blood supply is lower than usual. "Our schools are letting out and that's a huge supply source," said Dallas. "We're especially low on O and B."

After giving blood, donors signed special cards for local troops. "We're going to give them to Moody and they'll send them to the families as they see fit," said Dallas.

Red Cross officials hope the drive will promote the true meaning of Memorial Day, along with helping out the blood shortage.

posted at 2:30 by ashley.harper@walb.com