ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The Chick-fil-A of Albany Community Blood Drive was a success Wednesday.
"We really were surprised at the amount of people that came out to donate blood. It was better than we expected, so we really just want to thank Albany for coming out, and giving blood and supporting this community," said marketing manager Corey Holman.
Chick-fil-A said 26 people initially signed up, and they had a number of walk-ins throughout the day.
The event took place from 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Chick-fil-A at Albany Square.
Those who donated blood were given a complimentary Chick-fil-A meal. The meal includes one original chicken sandwich, a medium waffle fry, and a medium beverage.
"It's something that our local operator wanted to do just to encourage the community and motivate them to give blood," Holman said.
After the Orlando nightclub shooting, a number of blood drives were organized to help the victims.
Holman said he's unsure on if the blood donated at this event will go to the same place.
"The Red Cross said they can't guarantee that the blood that is donated in Albany will go to Orlando. Some may, but as you know there are great needs right in our community," Holman explained.
Find more information about donating blood here.