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Florence County councilman joins plea for blood donations

December 14, 2018

FLORENCE, S.C. – Florence County Councilman James Schofield asked for the community’s help Thursday morning.

Schofield spoke after the American Red Cross Eastern South Carolina Chapter executive director Amy Brauner and Florence City Councilman Glynn Willis addressed the council about the Florence Community Blood Drive to be held from noon to 6 p.m. on Jan. 4 at the Florence Center.

“I would just say that I have blood cancer,” Schofield said. “Every two weeks for the last two years, I get blood that was donated. It’s why I’m here. You give the gift of life and I’m living proof of that.”

“This is one of the most critical blood days of the year,” Brauner added. “We’ll have less than three days’ blood supply on our shelves.”

Brauner said the Red Cross needs 150 appointments in the Florence area to collect 50 units of blood to ensure that the area hospitals have an adequate supply. Overall, she added, the state needs 200 units of blood per day to ensure an adequate supply.

“I just ask the community and the council to please support this,” Willis said. “I am former chairman of the Red Cross. It’s something that we all need to take advantage of so that blood will be available when we need it.”

Council Chairman Kent Caudle said he has been a blood donor for years and added that donating blood made him feel like he was helping someone.

Schofield added that sometimes when he’s receiving the blood, he thinks about the person who donated it.

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