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  • Worth Co. hosts open house

    Worth Co. hosts open house

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:24 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:24:37 GMT
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
    It's already back to school time for some south Georgia students. Classes start tomorrow in Worth County.On Monday afternoon, all the schools held open houses for parents and students.At Worth County elementary, families got to met the teachers and get acquainted with the school.The Principal says the staff is ready, and parents told us they appreciated the open house."We are just going to keep going strong with things that we have done in the past, we had a very successful school year last y...More >>
  • Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Lee Co. Woman speaks out about scary home invasion

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:20 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:20:11 GMT
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
    A Lee County woman says she'll think twice before opening her front door after a frightening home invasion.Tonya Stewart says Friday night a group of young people rushed inside her home and beat her up.Her husband ran to help. In the meantime, her 2-year-old niece suffered a busted lip.Stewart ended up with bruises and a black eye.“I just felt like my house was in danger and my life was in danger. I felt like I was gonna be killed or someone in my house was gonna be killed. I had a little gir...More >>
  • Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Football coaches stress hydration as South Georgia heats up

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:12 PM EDT2014-07-29 03:12:23 GMT
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>
    Football is an intense, and grueling collision sport, and when South Georgia heats up, practice is even more stressful on the body."We don't wanna lose a kid because of the fact they are not hydrating themselves," says Monroe Head Coach Charles Truitt.That's why coaches stress the importance of staying hydrated on and off the field."We preach when they get home at night after football practice, to hydrate themselves and then we they get up in the morning hydrate themselves," says Truitt.After...More >>

By Ryan Houston - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) –Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Currently only 3 out of every 100 people in America donate.

The American Red Cross has to import blood from other states since donations are so low.  The Red Cross Southern Blood Services has new initiatives to get you to give blood.

How about two free Delta Airline Tickets or some free Nascar Racing gear?  What happens when you donate?

"We take your health histories. That's the confidential screening. We ask you a series of questions and we give you a mini physical," said Susanne Mcnair.

Safety precautions have to be met in order to donate blood. "It's to make sure that you're safe in donating, but also to make sure that the patient in hospital receiving blood is safe," said Mcnair.

The blood will be used to help save lives. "Blood is used for a number of things. Trauma patients or people undergoing cancer treatments or a person with sickle cell.

The only way the blood bank can continue to assist those in need is through donors. "Volunteer donations are the only source of blood. So it's very important for people to come donate and make that a regular part of their day," said Mcnair.

You can give blood every 56 days and up to 6 times a year. "One unit can save up to 3 lives. So you can make the difference in someone's life," said Mcnair.

They have a sweet way to close the deal. "After the blood donation is everyone's favorite part: juice and cookies," said Mcnair.

It's quick and easy to donate. The whole process takes about 15 minutes. The Blood donation center is at 1515 Dawson Road. 

This Wednesday The Red Cross will be having a blood drive at Phoebe Putney Hospital. It's from 10am- 6pm in the Solarium.

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