2017-08-09 / News

Guns and Hoses slated for September

To benefit Shepeard Community Blood Center
By Diana Royal

It’s a battle for blood … literally.

In partnership with Shepeard Community Blood Center, Queensborough National Bank and Trust of Waynesboro will hold its second annual Guns and Hoses Blood Drive Battle on Wednesday, Sept. 27.

“Members of law enforcement, the fire department and EMS know firsthand of the need for blood,” says Jacqueline Clemmons, recruitment specialist for Shepeard Community Blood Center. “They respond to tragedies and emergencies of all kinds and have seen many citizens, and even their own, injured and in need of life saving blood. This battle, an effort to get Burke County citizens out to donate as many pints of life-saving blood as possible, exemplifies their support and understanding of the need for blood donations. This is yet another way that they are protecting and saving lives.”

Rhonda Burke of QNBT is spearheading the local event and explained the contest is between law enforcement (the “GUNS”) and the fire department/emergency medical services (the “HOSES”). “The groups ‘battle’ for the most community members to donate on their behalf,” she says, adding that last year’s event impacted the lives of 60 patients.

During the day of the battle, two bloodmobiles will be set up in Waynesboro from 2-7 p.m.: one at the Waynesboro Fire Department (706 Liberty St.) and the other at the Burke County Sheriff’s Office (225 Highway 24, South). Presenting donors will chose which group they want their blood to honor.

Clemmons says donors should be healthy and well, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. Those who are 16 may also donate with a signed parental consent form. Donors will receive a Shepeard t-shirt, health screening and refreshments following their donations. Clemmons reminds donors to bring their donor cards or picture ID.

According to Burke, the competition is already underway. “The GUNS are ready to defend the trophy and keep it one more year for display, but we hear the HOSES have a perfect display spot ready and have been recruiting hard to take the win,” she says, adding encouragement to the community to support the event. “These heroes risk their lives each day for the safety and protection of local citizens … be their hero and a patient’s hero by giving life-saving blood.”

For more information, contact Burke at706.554.0460 or Clemmons at 706.737.4551.

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