Form a plan today that when Monday rolls around, you will carve about an hour-and-a-half between 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. out of your day to report to the fairgrounds to donate a pint of “The Gift of Life.”
You just might leave the drive with a C-Note in your pocket (or a $50 … or a $20 …).
Donors Monday will win cash prizes in the following denominations: three $100s, four $50s, ten $20s and ten $10s.
The $800 in prize money is courtesy of Walker-Jones ($500) and Waycross Health and Rehabilitation ($300). Plus other merchandise gift certificates will go as door prizes to donors as well (Wong’s, Captain Joe’s, Southern Belles Salon and Spa and Extreme Car Wash).
Another good turnout is forecast, which is good news for hospital patients (the emergency blood supply is extremely low). Waycross Health and Rehab — one of the co-sponsors — has pledged blood donations from 19 of its employees.
Waycross Area Blood Drive Volunteers Chairman Al Jacobson would appreciate a great donor turnout (of 200 or more) at the monthly Red Cross drive.
“We appreciate these local folks for helping us out with the cash contributions,” Jacobson said. “The need for blood is very critical at this point in time. We hope you will consider attending … and bring someone with you!”
All blood types are in demand.
Jacobson said there is another good reason for donating blood — to help Waycross-Ware County protect its reputation as the 39th biggest Red Cross monthly recurring blood drive in the U.S.
Since the Waycross Area Blood Drive Volunteers organized a decade ago, the Waycross-Ware monthly blood donation average has grown from 35 to more than 150. Occasionally, the community will top the 200-donor mark at the fairgrounds drive.
The Waycross Exchange Club’s monthly drives are almost always on the fourth Monday at the club’s meeting hall, the building next to the big aluminum fair exhibition building on Knight Avenue.
Donors on Monday will be treated to Papa John’s pizza slices — or doughnuts and pastries (donated by Burton Carter, Waycross Area Blood Drive Volunteer) — and other refreshments in the Red Cross canteen after they donate.
Adults who are 17 years old and older are eligible to donate blood, as long as they weigh at least 110 pounds and are in good health.