Hurricane Katrina Memorial Blood Drive

The 13th annual Hurricane Katrina Memorial Blood Drive kicked off today at Edgewater Mall.

The event, put on by the American Red Cross, started in 2005, days after Hurricane Katrina made landfall in South Mississippi. Dozens of people showed up at the mall to give to what has become one of the largest blood drives on the Coast.

For many, this event is more than just donating time and blood; it’s paying it back to those who helped the Coast in a time of need.  Biloxi resident Pat Sharpe said, “We stayed during the storm and there were so many people who came and helped in so many ways, especially the Red Cross.”

Long Beach resident Anthony Smith said, “Well, I just like to give back to the community, whatever I can do to help, that’s what I like to do.”

Vancleave resident Melanie Johnson said, “I was on my boat in the industrial seaway for Hurricane Katrina. There isn’t much I can give so I give my blood. I save three lives every time I come.”

The blood drive will take place again Wednesday from noon until 7 p.m. at Edgewater Mall.

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