Life giving

Blood drive continues on campus Thursday

There’s a saying that goes; third time’s a charm. It could be said that phrase applied to Meridian Community College co-ed Emily Waddell.

On Wednesday in front of the College’s Graham Gymnasium, Waddell’s third attempt to try to give blood yielded success. “I’ve tried to donate before two other times,” she said, but the previous opportunities to give didn’t work out due to timing issues. So, as she had a free morning from classes and other obligations, Waddell made the time.

Waddell was one of more than 35 students, faculty, staff and community members who took part in MCC’s Campus Life’s blood drive with the assistance from Mississippi Blood Services. “MCC has a proud tradition of giving back to the community in many ways. The blood drive is just one way to help ensure our community has everything it needs,” said LeAnne Motes, campus life coordinator.

According to the World Health Organization, there is a constant need for regular blood supply because blood can be stored for only a limited time. In fact, every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. Regular blood donations by a sufficient number of healthy people are needed to ensure that safe blood will be available.

For Alan Bracken, his blood donation on Wednesday marked a milestone of sorts. “This makes a full gallon that I’ve given ever since I was a freshman,” he said. Giving is a win-win for him as well. “They can use my blood for a lot of different blood types. Because my iron levels are high, by donating I’m dropping them down,” he said. Bracken is a psychology major studying at MCC and Mississippi State University-Meridian. He’s also a part-time staffer with MCC’s Campus Life division.

The blood drive continues through 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. For more information about MCC blood drive, contact Motes at 601.481.1632 or email

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