Hundreds expected at Ocilla blood drive

Hundreds expected at Ocilla blood drive
A photo go Glenn Roberts fishing, one of his former favorite activities (Source: WALB)
A photo go Glenn Roberts fishing, one of his former favorite activities (Source: WALB)
LaDonna Roberts, Glenn Roberts' widow (Source: WALB)
LaDonna Roberts, Glenn Roberts' widow (Source: WALB)
Trent Tucker, former friend of Glenn Roberts (Source: WALB)
Trent Tucker, former friend of Glenn Roberts (Source: WALB)
Donor donates a pint (Source: WALB)
Donor donates a pint (Source: WALB)

OCILLA, GA (WALB) - The 3rd Annual Glenn Roberts Memorial Blood Drive at the Irwin County Hospital will be on Friday, April 6.

The drive honors an Ocilla businessman who lost his life to cancer in 2016. At that time he needed platelets and blood, so the drive was dedicated in his honor.

In 2016, the hospital received 103 units of blood. In 2017, 156 units of blood were donated. And now hospital workers are hoping for 175 units.

OneBlood is the organization that collects the blood. On Friday, organizers are planning to have five of their red buses and they are expecting a large turnout.

This is the largest single-day blood drive for OneBlood in the southeastern part of the U.S.

One of Roberts' friends, Trent Tucker, has been donating his blood for the past three years.

"Well he's helped me fix a lot of things welding. And we went fishing twice that I recall. But he was just a good guy all the way around. When you would go speak to him--empowering--he was just a good guy," said Tucker.

And Roberts widow, LaDonna Roberts, said Glenn would feel so honored if he were here.

"All these people that come, they all knew Glenn, they're all his friends, Glenn never met a stranger. And everybody he met, he called them friend," said Roberts.

According to OneBlood, one in three people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life.

Those who donate will get a free t-shirt and breakfast or lunch.

The drive is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Irwin County Hospital is located at 710 North Irwin Avenue in Ocilla.

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