Columbia County EMA to host blood drive Thursday

Columbia County EMA to host blood drive Thursday

EVANS, GA (WFXG) - Shepeard Community Blood Center 'drove' hard Thursday at its spring blood drive to make up for lost time, after February's ice storm stopped collections for nearly three days.

A blood drive kicked off at the Evans government complex and the Roads and Bridges building in Appling.

Donors like Columbia County Firefighter Gene Thomas said it was a wake up call, seeing the need for blood in the community after the devastating storm.

Thomas said, "Those comforts we're used to were not there. I think it puts everything in perspective."

SCBC's Assistant Director Greg Bearden said to meet the needs of patients, 144 units have to be collected from donors like Thomas everyday.

Shepeard is the provider for 20 local hospitals and a regional burn center. But emergency relief, Bearden said, rallied. Hundreds of donors came out.

They set a goal of 200 more for Thursday.

Bearden said, "There are 8 different blood types and we need all of them."

Thomas said, he knew it was the right thing to do at the right time.

"Everyday, it's important to come out and donate, but definitely now since we missed those opportunities to donate. The ice storm is over and it's a nice time to get out and help your neighbors."

If you would like to donate, head to to find out where you can give back.

All donors received free food from Chick-fil-A and Firehouse Subs, free cupcakes and free T-shirts. There were also movie ticket drawings throughout the drive and a grand prize drawing at the end of the drive for a 72-hour disaster supply kit.

All first-time donors also received a free Shepeard duffle bag.

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