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Giving the Gift of Life

Above: Larry Carswell, Gwinnett District Customer Service Representative donating at a recent American Red Cross blood drive

Joy Knight, department/district secretary, recently hosted the first of five blood drives she will schedule for the Gwinnett District this year. Annually, ARC volunteers arrive at the district office for the county drive, as members of the community and employees are invited to donate. Jackson EMC has participated in American Red Cross (ARC) programs since 1965.

Knight mentioned that some of the employees have given blood for decades. “Donating to the ARC is extremely important because they help so many people in so many ways,” said Knight. “We’ve all grown up knowing the importance of the ARC’s services, especially in times of tragedy.”

Seventeen donors participated in the event, including Gwinnett District Customer Service Representative Larry Carswell, Line Foreman Jamie Harward and Bi-lingual Customer Service Representative Iris Virella-Negron.

“It’s an easy way to do something for others,” says Randy Dellinger, district manager. “We offer a suitable location and help recruit donors; the American Red Cross does the rest.” Knighted added that it’s a partnership where everyone wins!

The district’s next drive is April 17th. Visit www.redcross.org to learn more about the American Red Cross.