With the holiday season just around the corner, taking time out to donate blood could be the most precious gift a person can give.
"I never realized how important it was to donate blood until I personally seen the difference that it made in my grandmother when she was ill," Chris Bell recently told The Brazil Times, explaining that doctors were never able to discover the cause and only a blood transfusion would help her get better. "The difference that it made was amazing, she felt 100 percent better and stronger. I discovered then that giving blood was such a simple way to help people, whether they were young or old."
Bell, who is an administrative assistant at the Clay County Prosecutor's Office, is also the organizer for the first Crime Victims Rights Blood Drive scheduled for this Friday.
"I wanted to organize this blood drive because I thought that this would be a wonderful way to start the holiday season by giving the gift of life to someone who needs it," she said.
The Blood Mobile will be in the east parking lot of the Clay County Justice Center Friday afternoon from 1-3 p.m.
"We would like the public to join us in participating in the blood drive this Friday," Bell said. "This is a simple way to help someone in need, be it a car accident, illness or the mysterious loss of blood in elderly. Giving blood is one of the little ways that we can help the people we love or don't even know."