Libraries battle in national blood donation competition

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MILTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Patrons at two local libraries quite literally drew blood in a strong competition.

Post Road Library, a branch of the Forsyth County Public Library, and the Milton Library, a branch of the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, teamed up in a friendly competition to see who could donate the most blood Nov. 29 for the American Red Cross.

Milton Library Branch Manager Todd Williamson said he proposed the idea last spring to conduct the competition.

“I thought it would be a nice way to have a little friendly competition along city and county lines,” he said. “But the real winner is the Red Cross.”

Post Road Branch Manager Ann Decherd said they are grateful to the patrons for their support of the blood drive programs.

“We hope others in our community will stop by the library, check out a book and settle in to help someone in need with a life-giving blood donation, and help us beat the Milton Library,” Decherd said. “We’d really like to win those bragging rights.”

While the competition is lighthearted, the Red Cross stresses the need for blood because every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood, according to Cheryl Mahan, donor recruitment account manager for the Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region.

The donations will go to hospitals and medical facilities to help patients.

“Blood donations are needed every day for patients with many serious medical conditions,” Mahan said. “As a national network, the Red Cross has a unique responsibility to help ensure blood is available for patients whenever and wherever it is needed. By donating blood through the Red Cross, donors may be helping patients in their community or patients across the nation.”

The Cumming and Post Road libraries host regular monthly blood drives, so they thought the chance to team up with the Milton Library would get donors from both communities involved, according to Paula Glover, promotions specialist for the Forsyth County Public Library.

“At first glance, a library may seem like an odd spot for a blood drive,” Glover said. “But truly, Forsyth’s libraries are a hub for community gathering and activity. Our patrons are interested in giving back to the community, and opening our facilities for hosting blood drives makes it convenient for our patrons to do something meaningful for others in need.”

In the end, Post Road Library took home the trophy after it collected 41 pints of blood, upping their usual collection of 30-35 pints. Milton Library collected 26 pints of blood. The total 67 pints can help save 201 patients’ lives over the holiday season.

For anyone who missed the challenge, the Post Road Library will be hosting another donation on Dec. 18 and Jan. 22, 2018. The Cumming Library will also host blood drives on Dec. 1 and, Jan. 5, 2018. More information is available at forsythpl.org.


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