A blood drive at Wadesboro First Baptist Church collected 38 pints of blood on July 18.
The drive was sponsored by the Wadesboro Civitan Club and they managed to round up 41 volunteers. Many Civitans donated blood.
Martha Goodwin is a regular donor from Wadesboro. “It helps save lives,” she said. “Maybe I’ll be on the other end one day.”
In the past, drives sponsored by civic groups have done better than others.
“I have been observing for three or four years,” Civitans president Rufus Getzen said. “When the Civitans sponsor, we never collect less than 34 pints and usually around 40. We work at it.”
A pint of blood can be used to save up to three lives, by separating it into three parts: the platelets, plasma and red blood cells. A person in an automobile accident may need up to 100 pints of blood while a heart surgery might require 10 pints.
Anyone with questions about donating blood may call the Red Cross at 704-694-3514.