Polk County Po­lice host­ing blood drive in early Fe­bru­ary

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Lorene Parker loren­[email protected]

The Polk County Po­lice De­part­ment is host­ing an up­com­ing blood drive, giv­ing com­mu­nity mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to give back to those in im­me­di­ate need.

Or­ga­nized by PCPD Of­fi­cer Andy An­der­son, the event be­ing held with Blood As­sur­ance seeks to get donations to en­sure the lo­cal blood sup­ply is there to help those in need at lo­cal hos­pi­tals.

Ac­cord­ing to Blood As­sur­ance, there is an ur­gent need for blood, and this month has been ex­tremely dif­fi­cult.

“We have seen low blood donor turnout and a high amount of blood us­age. We are asking ev­ery­one to please come give and share our mes­sage with ev­ery­one you know,” Blood As­sur­ance of­fi­cials said.

“Pa­tients count on blood donors to give the life-sav­ing blood they need. 30 min­utes is all it takes to save some­one’s life,” they added.

While do­nat­ing blood can help as many as three peo­ple in need, it’s also a great way to earn prizes and in­cen­tives for your­self.

All donors 18 years of age and older will be en­tered into a draw­ing for a $250 gift card to Zales.

Re­gard­less of age, though, all donors will walk away with a free Blood As­sur­ance t-shirt.

Con­ve­niently, you can do­nate in Polk County, when a blood drive will be hosted at the Polk County Po­lice De­part­ment.

On Mon­day, Feb. 4, look for Blood As­sur­ance to be set up from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Polk County Po­lice De­part­ment at 73 Cline In­gram Jack­son Road, Cedar­town.

An­der­son said this will be the sixth blood drive that has been hosted by the PCPD.

“I try to do at least two each year, one of which be­ing to honor one of Polk County’s own fallen of­fi­cers,” An­der­son said. “My main push is to honor those who sac­ri­ficed.”

Last year’s first an­nual Det. Kris­ten Hearne Me­mo­rial Blood Drive was hosted in Septem­ber, so look for more de­tails to come soon on this year’s event.

All donors are en­cour­aged to be­gin hy­drat­ing with non-caf­feinated, non­al­co­holic bev­er­ages as well as iron-rich foods at least one day be­fore.

For your con­ve­nience, you can even re­serve a time to do­nate by tex­ting BAGIVE to 444999 or vis­it­ing www. blood­as­sur­ance.org, but an ap­point­ment is not re­quired.

/ Kevin Myrick, file

The an­nual Sanc­tity of Life March and Me­mo­rial were held over the week­end on Satur­day, Jan. 27, 2018. The event or­ga­nized by the Polk County Chris­tian Coali­tion saw marchers come down Main Street in Cedar­town and gather in front of Polk County Court­house No. 2 as they marked the an­niver­sary of the 1973 Supreme Court de­ci­sion known as Roe v. Wade, al­low­ing abor­tion rights na­tion­ally across the United States.

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