Police, fire departments rally for blood donations

By Lena Mitchell/NEMS Daily Journal Corinth Bureau

CORINTH – The competition between Corinth police officers and firefighters to see which group can bring in more blood donors continues Thursday from 2-8 p.m.
United Blood Services, which serves hospitals throughout Northeast Mississippi, will be at the Mississippi State University Extension Office behind the Crossroads Arena to conduct the blood drive.
“We’re down 600 units and really encourage everyone to come out and give blood during this event,” UBS donor recruiter Judy Roat said during Corinth’s city board meeting earlier this week.
As one of the agency’s most successful events, Roat said they’re hoping to collect 100 units this year in celebration of the event’s 10th anniversary, and topping last year’s highest collection of 97 units.
In the nine previous years the fire department has come out ahead six times, and hopes to continue a string of four consecutive wins this year.
“I know right now they are in dire need of blood,” said Fire Chief Rob Price. “Every pint that you give, four different people can benefit from your one donation, and they are extremely low on blood, something we can’t live without.”
Whether donors choose to donate on behalf of the fire department or the police department, the important thing is to give blood, said Assistant Police Chief Scotty Harville.
“I think it’s very important, and encourage everybody who can to come out,” Harville said. “I’ll be there and hope others will just come out.”
Donors may sign up online at www.bloodhero.com, click on the Donate Blood link and put in the code “badgebattle,” or by calling Megan Burns at (662) 286-3377 or United Blood Services at (662) 842-8871. Also, call UBS for information about donor eligibility.
“We know the number one reason people don’t donate is they’re not asked, so we’re asking,” Roat said.
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