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BLOOD DRIVE HEROES

  • Andrea Chastain of Du Quoin proudly donates a pint of blood Thursday afternoon at Marshall Browning Hospital. Chastain says she is a third-generation donor to the American Red Cross and that her daughter was going to join her as a donor. Assisting Chastain is Opal Ortiz, a blood collection specialist for the American Red Cross based in the Cape Girardeau, Mo. office.

    Andrea Chastain of Du Quoin proudly donates a pint of blood Thursday afternoon at Marshall Browning Hospital. Chastain says she is a third-generation donor to the American Red Cross and that her daughter was going to join her as a donor. Assisting Chastain is Opal Ortiz, a blood collection specialist for the American Red Cross based in the Cape Girardeau, Mo. office.
    John Homan photo

  • Gary Korbar of Du Quoin took time out of his day to donate a pint of blood at Thursday's drive hosted by Marshall Browning Hospital. Korbar says he donates every three months, and has done so for the last three years. Preparing to draw his blood is Josh Henson, a phlebotomist with the American Red Cross.

    Gary Korbar of Du Quoin took time out of his day to donate a pint of blood at Thursday's drive hosted by Marshall Browning Hospital. Korbar says he donates every three months, and has done so for the last three years. Preparing to draw his blood is Josh Henson, a phlebotomist with the American Red Cross.
    John Homan photo

 
Staff Report
Posted on 7/20/2018, 10:44 AM

DU QUOIN -- Citing a great need to replenish its blood bank supply, the American Red Cross set up a blood drive at Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin Thursday afternoon. A classroom on the second floor of the facility was practically at capacity as area residents were turning out in force to lend a hand, or arm if you will.

Hospital spokeswoman Pam Logan said the American Red Cross is facing an emergency blood shortage, thanks in part to a rough Fourth of July week of donations. Eligible donors of all blood types are asked to give now and help save patient lives.

For more information, go online at RedCrossBlood.org or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).