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June 16, 2006

Albany -- A south Georgia charity that provides housing for those in need tonight collected blood for people who need transfusions.

The Fuller Center for Housing in Americus hosted a Red Cross blood drive in honor of Cam Hanko. She died this month from injuries suffered in a car crash. Her husband, David Hanko, started a campaign called "A Thousand Pints for Life" because the hospital didn't have enough of his wife's blood type to save her.

Donors say they're happy to give a gift that may save a life."My grandmother she had a blood transfusion a few years ago and she had a donor to give blood so I thought well what if I could help somebody else," said blood donor Mario Haynes. "There's just been a steady stream of people coming in here all afternoon and we're so pleased and so encouraged by the tremendous outpouring," said center founder Millard Fuller.

The Red Cross needs to collect 6,000 pints of blood every week in Georgia to meet the need. Right now, they're collecting less than 5,000.

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