Holiday Blood Drive Brings in Many Donors

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"Who's next for a bed?"

"I give blood as often as I can, and today just happened to be a good day because I didn't have to work," Trisha Costello-Munday said.

"Just a convenient day to give. Off work, made it easy to come by," Ronald Howell said .

Even though they didn't have to work, many people turned up at this year's Labor Day blood drive at the Red Cross to give someone a second chance at life.

"Sometimes it's hit our miss. Sometimes you have a good turnout, sometimes you don't. But today has been an excellent turnout," Debbie Matthews said .

Typically donations are down during summer months because people leave town for vacation. But Trisha Costello-Munday has been giving blood regularly for the last 10 years.

"I give my blood because I'm an O+ and it's the most popular so they can give blood to babies and anyone who needs it, and I'd want someone to do it for me," Costello- Munday said .

This year Labor Day is one week before the worst attack on our nation's soil and a time when more Americans made donations. The anniversary of September 11th tends to bring out more people.

"Hopefully they'll get in here within the next week or so and get the blood supply back up to where we need it to be," Matthews said .

Everyone who donated Monday got a free t-shirt. Ronald Howell said he has been giving blood since 1971, but he says he doesn't do it for the t-shirt.

"It gives me self satisfaction that I can help other people. I wish more people would give bloods," Howell said .

"I feel like a hero," Costello-Munday said.

If you are interested in donating blood they will be open again this Friday, Sept. 8, 2006. You must be at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds, and be in good general health. For more information, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).