The Clay County Sheriff's Department and The Indiana Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive at the Clay County Justice Center Thursday afternoon.
The blood drive will take place from 1:30-6 p.m.
CCSD Chief Deputy Rob Gambill said those wishing to participate in the blood drive should enter through the main entrance where a receptionist will be on hand to guide people through the facility.
Gambill believes donating blood is important.
"With the increase in travel during the summer months, accidents occur more often and the need for blood products is huge," he said. "Taking 20-30 minutes to donate blood to help someone live another 20-30 years is priceless."
The blood drive is organized as part of the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive, a tribute to Morgan County Sheriff's Department Sgt. Dan R. Starnes.
On July 10, 2001, Starnes lost his life in the line of duty as a result of gunshot wounds sustained during a gun battle four weeks earlier with a burglary suspect. Starnes' wife Janice organized the annual Sgt. Dan R. Starnes Memorial Blood Drive later that year as a memorial to her husband and other fallen officers.
In 2007, the blood drive event went statewide and was renamed as the Indiana Fallen Officers Blood Drive. Donation sites are set up throughout Indiana during the month of June in memory of officers who have lost their lives during the line of duty.
The CCSD will also raise funds to support the upcoming Indiana Sheriffs' Association (ISA) Youth Leadership Camp by selling raffle tickets for a 2011 Harley-Davidson FLHR Road King motorcycle.
Tickets are available for a cost of $2 each, three for $5, seven for $10, or 15 for $20.
The winning ticket will be drawn Aug. 23, during the Indiana State Fair at the ISA Sheriffs' Booth. The winner does not need to be present to win, but their picture and information will be placed on the ISA website.
Registration forms are also available for local seventh- through ninth-graders interested in attending the 2011 ISA Youth Leadership Camp July 5-7, located at Waycross Episcopal Camp, Morgantown, Ind. Applications must be turned in on or before June 19.
For more information about Thursday's blood drive, contact Chief Deputy Rob Gambill during normal business hours at the Clay County Sheriff's Department at 446-2535.
For more information about the various programs offered by the Indiana Sheriff's Association, log onto www.indianasheriffs.org.