Berrien Co. blood drive helps first responders

Berrien Co. blood drive helps first responders

BERRIEN CO., GA (WALB) - Berrien County Elementary School and One Blood are partnering in an effort to save hundreds of lives.

“Everybody should think of themselves as being a first responder,” Bill Woolridge, a Berrien County Sheriff’s Office deputy, said.

Volunteers hosted their first Badges for Life blood drive to collect blood for those in need and honor first responders.

“We wanted to honor them because a lot of times first responders and the military," Mary Taylor, blood drive organizer, said. “They just don’t get as much honor and recognition as they deserve.”

Woolridge said that as a servant of his community, events like this make him feel good.

“Usually, we get a pretty bad wrap but its good to know that our community is backing us up 100 percent today," Woolridge said.

Volunteers hosted their first Badges for Life blood drive to collect blood for those in need and honor first responders.(Source: WALB)
Volunteers hosted their first Badges for Life blood drive to collect blood for those in need and honor first responders.(Source: WALB)

Said Taylor: “Most of the time when I ask somebody do they want to give blood they say ‘well I really don’t like needles,’ or ‘I just don’t like to do that.’ I’ll say ‘well I appreciate that but, when you have a family member or you yourself are in need of blood, you’re going to hope that somebody sat down and rolled their sleeve for you.'"

In doing so, organizers say that you’ll be doing your part to be a part of the first responders’ team.

“You never know when you may need that extra pint of blood in the line duty," Woolridge said.

The pint you give can mean all the difference in multiple lives.

“For every blood donation you receive, three people can be helped by the one blood donation," said Taylor.

Taylor said that their goal is to get more than a 100 donations before the blood drive is over.

In exchange for giving blood, organizers offered donor free food, a t-shirt and a free wellness checkup.