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August 29, 2006

Thomasville-  The Southeastern Community Blood Center hopes to boost its blood supply before the Labor Day weekend. 

Branches in Thomasville, Douglas, and Florida need at least 110 donors a day to adequately supply hospitals in a 12 county region throughout south Georgia. There's always a need for blood, especially during holiday travel weekends with a high rate of accidents. 

"It takes 24 to 36 hours once a unit of blood is donated to be tested and available on the shelf, so it's the donors who donate the first of this week that will help us really, and the middle of the week of course to get through the weekend," said Joye Sandefur, SCBC Thomasville branch manager. 

The blood center offered donors incentives, like free food coupons and bracelets to donate.

The center will hold several blood drives over the next week.  On Thursday, August 31st blood drives will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Pelham High School and from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Camilla Rotary, The depot.  The SCBC will also collect donations Friday at Mr. Chick in Cairo from 10:30 to 2:30 p.m.  

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