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Giving blood will help save lives

March 7, 2007

Albany -- With the blood supply at the Americus hospital lost, and dozens of people hurt, the blood need in our area went from bad to worse.

Red Cross workers held a blood drive at an Albany church, and some donors say they hope their donation will benefit storm victims.

Asa Kelley likes to help others when he can, and he's been doing just that since he was in high school, by donating blood to the Red Cross.

"It's a painless way to help people. I mean it's very easy to do, and if you had it on film when they stuck me, it just doesn't hurt at all," said Asa Kelley.

But it hurts the Red Cross when they can't find enough donors to fill demand. Workers say they're always just a few days short of running out, and the storms that struck our area left the demand even higher than before.

"Today you know, we especially need the blood because we did have the natural disaster in Americus, and we're here so that we can replenish the supply," said Blood Collections Team Supervisor Karen Morgan.

"Right now I know it's real important with the disaster last week," said Jane McCrary.

Jane McCrary says she gives regularly because it's a good feeling to help others.

"It's real important to give when I can, and I hope others will too because I know there's a shortage," said McCrary.

Asa Kelley knows that a pint of his blood can help save up to three people's lives.

"Anybody can give blood, and it's an easy way to help others," said Kelley.

After donating 37 times, Kelley doesn't even know how many lives he's helped save, but it's a simple and easy act donors can be proud of.

You can give blood at one of two upcoming blood drives in the area. Thursday at Colquitt EMC in Moultrie from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday at the Government Center in Albany between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.

You can also stop by the Blood Donation Center on Dawson Road in Albany.

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