Local Blood Drive Helps Save Hundreds of Lives


Nearly 300 people came out the Columbia County EMA summer blood drive. That breaks last June’s record of less than 250.

We’ve heard it time and time again that one donation saves three lives, but many times it can’t be stressed enough. The summer months are some of the toughest for Shepeard Community Blood Center because they lose their consistent donors, but on Thursday, the non-profit got that supply back up!

A simple task that saves local lives.

“I’ve always wanted to do it and he told me he’d come with me,” said Morgan Quattlebaum.

Quattlebaum and her boyfriend have turned donating blood into a date night.

The teens say it’s their second time visiting a community blood drive to donate what they can.

“The hospitals are in constant need of blood and it’s really important to come out here and just give back to your community,” said Nolan King.

Hundreds of people, new-comers and veterans, came out to the Columbia County EMA Blood Drive to donate.

But these aren’t any ordinary people, only 37 percent of the US population is eligible to donate blood, and even fewer can give blood annually.

“This one in June is especially important because sometimes during the summer it’s difficult to collect the blood that we need for local patients,” said Greg Bearden, Assistant Director of Community Resources for Shepherd Community Blood Center.

Shepeard Blood Centers always need donors, but especially those who can donate O Negative and Positive.

“Shepeard is the contracted provider to 20 local hospitals at the regional burn center and in summer some of the need goes up and sometimes donations go down as people’s schedules change with travel,” said Bearden.

The blood center encourages everyone who can, to get pumping, and save three local lives with one donation

“I donate to help lives and there may be one day where I need blood, so I always want to help out,” said Cheryl Axelson.

If you didn’t get a chance to donate today, there are more opportunities. The Shepeard Community Blood Center mobile unit will be at Television Park on Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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