The American Red Cross had the mobile blood bank bus on location at Rappahannock General Hospital on Thursday, July 25.
Volunteers were steadily coming into the 3-station bus to donate blood for the Red Cross. Many donors were repeat donors who come to as many bloods drives as they can.
Donna Haynie-Clark is a regular donor and was donating blood for her 79th time. The registered nurse from Weems says she donates because people need it so badly. “I know how it can impact peoples lives and I know how low the supply is in the nation,” Clark said. Clark has been donating blood for over 40 years and said she doesn’t think people realize just how low the supply is.
Larry Edwards grew up in Alabama, has been residing in Kilmarnock for the last 15 years, and is well accustomed to donating blood. His rare blood type, O-negative, is in high demand and is a universal type. Edwards has been donating blood for over 55 years and gives whenever the Red Cross calls. “I give between 3 to 4 times a year,” Edwards said. “I do it because I got it, I can make more and people need it,” Edwards said. “Everybody’s who’s healthy ought to be doing this.”
Red Cross Supervisor Joe Klingenberg said the schedule is full and we’re getting a nice flow of people donating.
Klingenberg confirmed that the blood status is in a critical appeal. “The demand for blood is much higher than what we’re collecting right now,” Klingerberg said.
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