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Kudos to the donors for their charity

Wednesday afternoon, I went out to the Knights of Columbus Hall to cover the blood drive held by the Knights.
I was amazed at the turnout – I went to KC Hall at 5 p.m., and during the 25 minutes I was there, I saw at least 15 people either waiting to give blood, giving blood, or recovering from giving blood.
All of them were in high spirits, and many said they were regular givers.
I was astonished. What is all of this fuss about giving away your blood, possibly to someone you’ve never even met? But I learned that giving blood is such a small sacrifice compared to the life or lives you could save.
According to Carter BloodCare’s Web site, 4.5 million American lives are saved each year by blood transfusions. Each day, 32,000 pints of donated blood are used each day in the United States.
The Web site refers to blood as a “river of life” running through your body. It provides vital nutrients to cells, clots cuts and wounds to prevent bleeding and disposes of waste materials. Blood also recognizes foreign substances in the body and produces immune defense mechanisms to fight these off.
Blood is an irreplaceable fluid.
There is nothing like it, so it is so important that people give blood regularly when they can. After giving one unit of blood, your body will make up for the loss by making new blood in a matter of hours, so you really have nothing to lose.
Like I said, it was so nice to see people in Ennis giving their time and their blood. Just like blood is the river of life in our bodies, altruism is a river of life that runs through our community. I’ve written it before in my columns that some of the nicest people I’ve ever met live right here in Ennis. People here don’t hesitate to go out of their way to help someone in need.
I’ve been here since October, and since then I’ve seen the residents of Ennis rally around people, such as Chandler Mach, Bevanna Cardona and Joleena Jurica, who are in need of support from the community.
At the Ennis Relay for Life back in April, I saw some pretty amazing people who are struggling with cancer, but I also saw the equally amazing friends and family of these folks come together to do everything in their power to find a cure for the disease.
The altruism in the community was apparent to me when I saw that Ennis has three more blood drives scheduled in August alone.
It makes me so proud to be among such selfless individuals.
Giving blood can save a life, but since not everyone can give blood (check www.carterbloodcare.org for guidelines), you can give something. Whether it’s money toward finding a cure, or just a smile to brighten the person’s day, you can make a difference. And I know everyone in Ennis is capable of making a difference.
Liz Crawford is a staff writer for the Ennis Daily News and covers education and Ellis County government. She can be reached at liz@ennisdailynews.com.

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