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Blood drive draws donors

First Posted: 2:37 pm - July 16th, 2015

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Tammy Sjodin donates blood at Fairfield Memorial Hospital’s Red Cross Blood Drive.

Sgt. Steve McDonald of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office prepares to donate blood.

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Fairfield Memorial Hospital held a blood drive recently for the American Red Cross, drawing 18 potential donors, 14 of whom were able to donate.

Kristi Godwin, executive secretary for Fairfield Memorial Hospital, said turnout was slightly underwhelming.

“We had hoped for 16 (donors),” Godwin said. “It was just a slow turnout.”

However, had everyone who attended met the requirements for donation, the blood drive would have exceeded this goal.

Last Thursday’s blood drive attracted a variety of donors, including regular donors and donors who give less frequently.

“I haven’t given blood in years,” said Sonya Kennedy.

Kennedy said she heard about the blood drive and felt compelled to act. She said she was particularly swayed by the summer months being a time when blood is most needed.

“It’s important, especially this time of year, when blood is lacking,” Kennedy said. “I thought I’d come in and do my part.”

Tammy Sjodin, a more frequent donor, said she gives blood roughly three times each year.

Sgt. Steve McDonald of the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office also gave blood during the Red Cross blood drive.

McDonald said his time in law enforcement with S.C. Highway Patrol and FCSO have reinforced the importance of donating blood.

“It sure does,” McDonald said. “Blood is something there is no question is very much in need all of the time.”

McDonald said he takes every opportunity to donate blood.

“I’m thankful I can give it, and I don’t need to get it,” McDonald said.

During donation, roughly one pint of blood is collected. According to the American Red Cross, 1 pint of blood can save up to three lives. This means Thursday’s blood drive could potentially save 42 lives.

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