Giving the gift of blood

Story and photos by Bob Sofaly

The Blood Alliance held is fourth annual blood drive on Thursday,
Nov. 15 at the Quality Inn on Boundary Street and collected about 50 units of blood, according to Donor Resource Consultant Sallie Stone.

“The Blood Alliance supplies blood to all the non-military hospitals in Beaufort County,” Stone said. “We also send blood to many other hospitals and medical clinics in our region.”

The blood drive, sponsored by the Junior Service League of Beaufort, took on a friendly competition theme pitting the University of South Carolina versus Clemson University for the second year.

Sheila Miley, chairperson for the drive, said last year USC edged out Clemson by a 60/40 margin. “This year it looks like at 50/50 split,” she said.

Geneva Baxley, center, a nurse at Beaufort Memorial Hospital, chats with Anita Daniel while donating blood Thursday, Nov. 15. Baxley, a graduate of Duke University, said she didn’t care which school won, she just wanted to give blood.
This pint of blood only weighs a pound. But once it is processed, can save up to three lives.











Kayana Edwards, left, holds her arm above her heart after giving a pint of blood during the fourth annual Blood Alliance blood drive last week.
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