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The need for blood is constant and locals are helping out.
The Muskingum Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross held a blood drive at Secrest Auditorium Thursday. Blood Donor Representative Rick Dayton says their is always a demand for blood but this time of year is especially important. But if you are unable to donate blood, there are other ways you can help save lives.
"If the place where you go to church or work, if you want to try to set up a blood drive, they can contact us and we'll see about setting up a blood drive at their local place of business or the church. "
Dayton says one pint of blood can save three lives. Blood is divided into three parts: Red blood cells, plasma, and white blood cells, all three of which are extremely critical given the circumstances.
"If you have an accident or a trauma, you're probably going to get a red blood cell donation. If you have a burn or something like that or your in a fire, your going to get plasma. If you're a cancer patient, you're going to get platelets because cancer patients have internal bleeding and they need platelets. "
There will be another blood drive held on New Year's Day at the South Zanesville United Methodist Church.