Blood drive in Ghent will remember victims of 2007 gas station explosion

GHENT, WV (WOAY) — The Ghent community is asked to donate blood in memory of Glenn Bennett, Fred Burroughs, Craig Dorsey II, and Jeff Treadway who perished in a tragic accident in 2007. Over a decade later, their stories and legacies live on as their parents, spouses, and children organize this year’s blood drive. To keep their memory alive, the families are encouraging eligible donors to give the gift of life. This annual blood drive has helped to collect an estimated 150 units of blood for hospital patients in critical need.

SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT

This blood drive comes as the Red Cross faces a severe blood shortage. Ongoing winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. Blood and platelet donations are critically needed now so patients can continue to receive the lifesaving treatments they need. Right now, blood products are being distributed to hospitals faster than they are coming in.

WHAT:           Blood drive hosted in memory of Glenn Bennett, Fred Burroughs, Craig Dorsey II, and Jeff Treadway – four victims of the 2007 gas station explosion.

WHEN:           January 30, 2018, | 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.

WHERE:         Ghent Fire Department | 2651 Flat Top Road, Ghent WV 25843

How to donate blood

Simply download the American Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also must meet certain height and weight requirements. Blood donors can now save time at their next donation by using RapidPass to complete their pre-donation reading and health history questionnaire online, on the day of their donation, prior to arriving at the blood drive. To get started and learn more, visit redcrossblood.org/RapidPass and follow the instructions on the site.

About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or cruzrojaamericana.org, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

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