Church Partners With Red Cross To Save Lives | News
New Hope International Church borders the city line of Warner Robins and Fort Valley on the Russell Parkway Extension.
They joined forces with the Central Georgia chapter of the Red Cross to stock their blood supply.
Twenty-four year old Amber Jones mentors students in the church's youth group.
She says she's never given blood before.
She says when she found out her church was hosting a blood drive she wanted to do something for somebody else.
"I may not know that person. They could be from another country, from another city or another state, but it just makes me feel good inside knowing that I'm saving a life," says Jones.
Red Cross volunteer and phlebotomist Amanda Hall says the need for blood is high this month because schools have been out for the summer.
She says 90% of their supply comes from high school blood drives.
"If we don't get the blood, then major surgeries are put on hold," says Hall.
According to Hall each donor gives up to one pint of blood, but one car accident victim could need up to 100 pints.
"Its very very important that we collect as many units as we most possibly can," says Hall.
She says they collect red blood cells, platelets and plasma for different medical needs. So Each person who donates their blood could actually save three lives.
The collections from the Central Georgia branches will fill the need here at home and in surrounding counties.
For more information on how you can donate visit the Blood Services section on the Central Georgia Red Cross website.