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Jones County Blood Drive

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ELLISVILLE, Miss. - According to United Blood Services meeting patient needs in the summer is difficult. 

"People get really excited about going to the beach doing their vacation, but they forget about our patients never have a vacation. Their blood needs are 24/7," said Beverly Clark, United Blood Services.

This year UBS partnered with the city of Ellisville inviting city workers and first responders to donate blood at Jones County Community College.

"I see where the need is a lot more since I have a behind the scenes look at it, so it's very helpful," stated Michael Garnand, an M-Serve EMT.

The senior donor recruiter for UBS says online courses and other factors at JCJC has affected the number of donors that come to the site.

Today's goal was to reach 89 units of blood to potentially hundreds of lives.

"We would save 327 lives today, because when one person donates blood, we can take that one unit and break it down into three different components," Clark said.

Some of today's donors were first-timers, and UBS says giving blood can also be beneficial to the donor.

"It reduces your blood pressure, gets rid of some of the bad cholesterol, reduces your risk of a heart attack by 88% ...But again, it's important," Clark explained.

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