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Posted: Friday, December 20, 2013 4:30 am

Angela Kinney will never forget the last Friday the 13th, because she saved three people’s lives.

Kinney, a first-time blood donor, took part in Union Grove Middle School’s fifth annual drive for Scott & White Blood Center.

“I wasn’t planning on donating blood today, but my husband’s grandmother and my nephew were admitted to the hospital recently and they both needed to have transfusions,” she said. “Even though I am fearful of needles, I braved it to donate so that blood is there for whenever someone needs it.”

Although 86 people signed up to give blood, 61 were able to donate.

Peggy Sofge, a phlebotomy team leader for Scott & White Blood Center, said the trauma center needs 70 pints of a blood a day to keep up with demand from daily surgeries, cancer patients who need transfusions and accident victims. In one month, the hospital uses between 1,000 and 1,450 units.

“Blood is needed year-round, but we have a critical need during the holiday season,” she said.

Union Grove Middle School teacher Jennifer Roden, who organized the blood drive, is a life saver. This summer, Roden donated her 100th pint of blood and continues to donate every other month.

“People don’t think about donating blood during the holidays, which is why we host our blood drive right before Christmas every year,” she said. “I donate blood because it’s the right thing to do.”

Sixth-grade science teacher Al Gonzalez said he donates as often as he can.

“Knowing that the blood I am donating today will be used to save someone’s life is reason enough for me to keep donating,” he said.

Sofge said people 17 and older can donate every eight weeks for a total of six times a year.

Scott & White Blood Center hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday.

To set up an appointment, call 877-724-4376. Walk-ins are welcome.

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