Many spend day giving blood for the brave this 9/11

Many spend day giving blood for the brave this 9/11
Published: Sep. 11, 2016 at 10:36 PM CDT
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WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - Many Texomans spent this September 11th honoring the men and women who lost their lives 15 years ago, by donating blood.

"To me, it's just a life saver. There's so many people that need blood and that's the least that we can do to save someone," donor Nancy Neff said.

She spent part of her day at the Texas Blood Institute in Wichita Falls. A 9/11 Memorial Drive was held there Sunday.

"You never know who's going to receive your blood but it's someone's loved one," Jennifer Risinger, account manager at the Texas Blood Institute said.

One pint of blood can save three lives and that drives many to donate.

"I've been donating since sophomore and I just think it's the right thing to do and a way to give back to the community," Calista Calhoun said.

This memorial blood drive was also treated as a competition for local first responders.

Donors were asked to choose to donate their blood for police or firefighters. At the end of the drive, police were the winners of the competition.

Risinger said the goal for Sunday's drive was to get 31 donors. She said 28 people came in and 22 were able to donate.

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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