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June 30, 2013

Times West Virginian blood drive July 30

FAIRMONT — According to the American Red Cross, an average of 39,000 units of blood are needed by patients throughout the country — and residents of Marion County can help fulfill that need.

The Times West Virginian, in partnership with the American Red Cross, will be holding a blood drive from 1 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 30, in the Fairmont Senior High School cafeteria.

“It’s an opportunity for the community to ‘Come Get Stuck with Chuck,’” Times West Virginian Publisher Chuck Jessup said.

Jessup said that the blood drive is an effort to encourage the community to rally together in support of a good cause.

“It’s a way to give back to our communities,” Jessup said. “You don’t realize how important it is until you need it.” 

The drive is being held in honor of Times West Virginian art director Barb Gaston’s mother, Sandra Gaston, who has had several blood transfusions throughout the past year as a result of her battle with cancer. Jessup said all donors will be in good hands before, during and after giving blood.

“We’re going to be set up with plenty of nurses and we’re going to have some good food,” he said. Pepperoni rolls and cookies will be available as refreshments, courtesy of Country Club Bakery.

According to Jessup, the goal of the blood drive is to provide the American Red Cross with 100 units of blood to distribute to patients in need.

“I want to set the record for Fairmont,” he said. Jessup said it will take approximately 125 donors to meet the goal, and that individuals can register for a time slot by contacting Managing Editor Misty Poe at 304-367-2523 or mpoe@timeswv.com.

“What has always impressed me about Marion County is that people stand up when there is a need and fill that need, whether it be volunteering, donating or financially supporting a cause,” Poe said. “I don’t think this blood drive will be any different.

“So many people are touched by donation of blood, from accident victims to people with life-threatening conditions and diseases.

“Chuck has signed up to be the very first person donating blood, and I’ve taken the last time slot of the day. I have no doubt that at least 123 of Marion County’s residents will fill the time slots between. This community gives back.”

Email Kaylyn Christopher at kchristopher@timeswv.com or follow her on Twitter @KChristopherTWV.

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