Blood drive held; donors give in honor of Mrs. Emma Spinks

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - From Staff Re­ports

A num­ber of peo­ple re­sponded to the Amer­i­can Red Cross (ARC) Com­mu­nity Blood Drive, held in honor of Mrs. Emma Spinks, on Tues­day, Sept. 8 in the Nathan Dean Cen­ter, 604 Goodyear St.

Doris Scott, blood drive co­or­di­na­tor, said she was pleased with the re­sponse and fam­ily, friends and oth­ers who came to give “in honor of Emma”.

Mrs. Spinks was present to greet those who stopped by to chat with her and ac­knowl­edge her work in the com­mu­nity. She has served as a vol­un­teer Gray Lady at Rockmart- Aragon Hos­pi­tal, Hey­man Hos­pice, and pro­vided car ser­vice for se­niors and shut-ins. She has taken part in ac­tiv­i­ties at the Rockmart Se­nior Cen­ter and par­tic­i­pated in events at her church.

Wife of Clifford Spinks, she is the mother of four daugh­ters, one son, 13 grand­chil­dren and three great grand­chil­dren. She is known through­out the com­mu­nity as some­one who had great com­pas­sion and care for peo­ple of all ages.

Mea­gan Smith, a reg­u­lar donor, said she came to give not only in honor of Mrs. Spinks but to help other peo­ple. “I first gave the ‘gift of life’ when I was a high school stu­dent,” she said.

ARC notes that more than 41,000 blood do­na­tions are needed ev­ery day, and a to­tal of 30 mil­lion blood com­po­nents are trans­fused each year in the U.S. Do­nated blood helps peo­ple you know who may be in­volved in an ac­ci­dent or have an ill­ness.

Sickle cell dis­ease af­fects more than 70,000 peo­ple in the U.S. About 1,000 ba­bies are born with the dis­ease each year. Sickle cell pa­tients can re­quire fre­quent blood trans­fu­sions through­out their lives.

More than 1.6 mil­lion peo­ple were di­ag­nosed with can­cer last year. Many of them will need blood, some­times daily, dur­ing their chemo­ther­apy treat­ment.

A sin­gle car ac­ci­dent vic­tim can re­quire as many as 100 pints of blood.

Donors of all blood types – es­pe­cially types O neg­a­tive, A neg­a­tive and B neg­a­tive – and platelet donors are needed.

Peo­ple who vol­un­teered to give dur­ing the re­cent drive were:

Gre­gory Maxwell, Tye Tom­lin, Lenda Akins, Han­nan Parker, Mi­lan McMil­lian, Ginger Parker, Cindy Ivy, Theresa John­son, Amanda Bene­field, Linda Dalziet, Heather Wil­liams, Faye Lank­ford, Dora Dry­den, Shelia York, Ethan Mullen, Ivey Mullen and Hay­den Arp, Carmelita Brown, Martha McDur­mon, Peggy Watts, Irma Shonkivler,

Other donors in­cluded: Bil­lie Brown, Lewis Gound, Cathy Holtz­claw, Robert Aber­nathy, Jerry McDur­mon, Deb­o­rah McClure, Paul Bel­her, James McClure, Jason Gable, Ca­role Jel­fro, Kayla Smith, Mea­gan Smith, Hanna Jan­wala, Jeff Mor­gan, Tina Mor­gan, Joyce Harris, Shane El­rod, Macken­zie Bar­ber, Danielle Bar­ber and Jeromy Wal­ters.

Vol­un­teers as­sist­ing at the drive were Doris Scott, Faye Borders, Dar­lene Smith and Peggy Watts.

The Amer­i­can Red Cross also en­cour­ages el­i­gi­ble donors to help their com­mu­ni­ties pre­pare for emer­gen­cies by giv­ing blood dur­ing Septem­ber, which is Na­tional Pre­pared­ness Month.

ARC of­fi­cials an­nounce that a suf­fi­cient blood sup­ply is cen­tral to en­sur­ing hos­pi­tals are pre­pared to meet pa­tient needs in times of dis­as­ter, in­clud­ing the very per­sonal ones that can hap­pen any day. Be­cause blood takes about 48 hours to be tested, pro­cessed and made avail­able for pa­tients, it’s the blood al­ready on the shelves that can help save the day when emer­gen­cies oc­cur.

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