Blood drive, fundraiser to be held to benefit Dixie Crystal burn victims

In an effort to help the burn victims of the Dixie Crystal sugar refinery explosion in Savannah, a blood drive and fundraiser will be held on Saturday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Oliver’s General Store on the Millen bypass.

A March 3 press release from The Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital states, “Eleven Imperial Sugar Co. patients from the explosion remain in critical condition.” Over the next six months the victims will require multiple surgeries and blood transfusions. A fresh blood supply is greatly needed.

There will be two mobile blood units on site from Shepeard Community Blood Center. All former donors that participated in the Jenkins County High School blood drive in February will be eligible to donate.

Many events will take place to help raise funds for the victims, including: a BBQ chicken plate sale, silent auction and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance for one of the four helicopter rides donated by AirMed. Also, 10 percent of all sales made at Oliver’s that day will be donated to The Southeastern Firefighters’ Burn Foundation, which supports burn patients and their families when tragedy strikes.

Donations will be accepted for the ongoing expenses for the victims and their families.

Volunteers are needed in all areas of this event, including everything from serving food to donating items for the silent auction.

Anyone interested in helping should contact Tonya Cole at 478-982-3333.

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