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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

If you are looking for the perfect gift to give this holiday season, look no further.  Blood donation is the perfect holiday gift.  Give the gift of life this holiday season by donating blood with Shepeard Community Blood Center at the Blood Give In Community Blood Drive.

 

Blood Give In Community Blood Drive

Friday, December 14, 2012

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

First Baptist Church of Augusta – Activities Center

3500 Walton Way Ext.


"It is a true gift from the heart that can give someone in your local community another holiday season," said Greg Bearden, Assistant Director of Community Resources for Shepeard Community Blood Center.  "The gift of life is the greatest gift someone could ever receive."

All first time donors will receive a Shepeard travel blanket to keep warm this holiday season.  All visitors will receive a holiday donor t-shirt and a free fried chicken meal with all the trimmings.  Also, free child care will be provided by A Child's World while you donate.

"Unfortunately, blood shortages occur most during the holidays because emergencies are higher and donations are lower," said Bearden.  "Blood has to be collected, processed, tested and ready for someone before that person actually needs it.  You never know when that someone could be a neighbor, friend, family member or even yourself."

All healthy people weighing at least 110 pounds and at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental consent, are encouraged to donate blood to help save local lives.  Please be sure to eat a good, healthy meal and drink plenty of water before and after donating.

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Founded in 1978, Shepeard Community Blood Center is a non-profit organization committed to helping save local lives and depends on dedicated, volunteer blood donors to help patients in need. Shepeard is the contracted provider of blood and blood products for critically ill patients at 21 local hospitals and the regional burn center serving South Carolina and Georgia. For more information, please visit www.shepeardblood.org.

 

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