21 at First Presbyterian Church in
Wadesboro was less than a success.
"Typically there are 40 or 50 people
who come," Judy Duston said.
Duston is the director of blood services
for the Union County chapter
of the American Red Cross.
The drive collected 23 units, or
pints, of blood. A pint is taken from
"The last couple of months have
been very poor," she said. "I don't
know if it's gas or the economy."
Many of the units were donated
after 4 p.m.
Duston detailed just how much
blood was used in several situations.
She said a person in an automobile
accident may need up to 100
pints of blood, while a heart surgery
required 10 pints.
She urged citizens to donate regularly,
while warning some citizens
seem to think the availability of
blood is a given.
"If there's a disaster, everyone
comes out and wants to donate all
at once," she said.
Cecelia Bowers is a regular
"It's just a little something I can
do to help people," Bowers said.
Duston said a pint of blood could
save up to three lives.
The Red Cross holds a blood drive
at the church every month.