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December 8--  Forty-two people gave blood Thursday during a special holiday blood drive push by the American Red Cross.  Coordinator Biram Chapman says they missed their goal of 70 donors but noted the weather, a drive this past Monday in Lyons and another scheduled for next Friday at Meadows Regional Medical Center impacted the effort.

He thanked all who donated and commended the efforts of Irelynn Rose of Statesboro who came to the blood drive to encourage donors.  Irelynn has a rare blood disorder which has required her to have 113 transfusions in her seven years of life.  The good news is she is currently in remission and hasn't required a transfusion in the past seven months.

irelynnbloodmobile(L-R) Jeff Raiford of Vidalia Communications on-the-scene promoting the drive, Irelynn Rose and blood donor Chester Proctor.