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American Red Cross needs blood donors

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The American Red Cross is making another appeal for blood donors. By giving the gift of life this holiday weekend could help you save money on gas. The "Labor of Love" blood drive kicks off today and continues Sunday through Wednesday. To encourage donors, the Red Cross will give them a chance to win a $1000 Gas Card. Each donor will also walk away with door prizes. The Red Cross says the need for blood increases with each busy travel holiday. Shannon Jordan, from American Red Cross said, "People say I'll get to it later or I just don't have the time, but when you or your family member needs blood, the hospital doesn't say I just don't have the time right now. It really is so important." Shannon said one pint of blood can save three lives. For more information on donating, call the local Red Cross Chapter at 254-GIVE.

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Want more blood...change

The ARC needs to change it operating hours to better accomodate peoples schedules instead of just a few hours 3 days a week. Also, be more timely when you do a get a donor. I had an appointment on my last, and I do mean my LAST, visit, yet I waited for over 45 minutes in the hard plastic chairs, only to get to the screening room and wait 15 more minutes. Once that was finally done, I get to the donor room and they are not set-up or ready. What should have been a 1 hour donation that I could do on my lunch time, because of the bad hours they operate, was over 2-1/2 hours! This was the worst visit. Others have taken a long time also, but it just gets worse everytime. Never again will they see me.

They ARC would get many more blood donors...

...if they'd take down that idiotic "No Concealed Weapons" sign. First, they have nothing to fear from a licensed individual carrying a concealed weapon. Second, their location in town clearly indicates that anyone with a brain WOULD carry a weapon in that neighborhood. Third, any criminal intent on doing them harm is not going to be in the least bit even slowed down by that sign. I had personally given 56 units of blood. I donated several times a year. The day that sign went up, you lost me as a donor just as every business in town displaying that sign lost me as a customer.