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Columbia County blood drive sets new donation record

Posted: March 8, 2012 - 11:32am  |  Updated: March 9, 2012 - 8:56am
Marcia Buck donates blood with the help of Angel Sanders of Shepeard Community Blood Center during the Columbia County EMA Blood Drive Thursday.  Jim Blaylock
Jim Blaylock
Marcia Buck donates blood with the help of Angel Sanders of Shepeard Community Blood Center during the Columbia County EMA Blood Drive Thursday.

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Columbia County's EMA Blood Drive Thursday for Shepeard Blood Center was deemed a success, shattering its goal for blood donations and setting a new county record.

The drive was held at the Columbia County Government Center Auditorium in Evans and at the Roads and Bridges office in Appling. A total of 241 people donated, with 64 donating in Appling, while 177 donated in Evans, said Columbia County Emergency and Operations Division Director Pam Tucker.

The drive had a goal of 200 donors. The previous record for the drives was set in 2008 and matchd in 2009, with 235 donors.

Donors at Thursday's drive received a free Chick-Fil-A meal and a T-shirt, and were entered in drawings for movie tickets throughout the day.

In addition, all blood donors during March are entered in a drawing to win a $250 VISA gift card.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with parental consent, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds.

Shepeard's Evans donation center is open daily. The facility provides blood to local hospitals and to the Joseph M. Still Burn Center.

Two more EMA blood drives are scheduled in the same locations this year on June 28 and Nov. 8, Tucker said.

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