Katrina Memorial Blood Drive opening day
A steady stream of people went through the doors of the Randolph Senior Center in Pass Christian today to give blood in recognition of Hurricane Katrina’s 15th anniversary.
In total, 81 appointments were made to donate blood for the first day of the Katrina Memorial Blood Drive, with the goal of collecting 60 units of blood.
The American Red Cross added Pass Christian as a donation site this year with two more drives to be held tomorrow and Saturday in Biloxi.
As he reflects on the upcoming anniversary of Katrina’s landfall, Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott is glad his city has a way to recognize the spirit of helping people in need. “It seemed like a life time ago, but it really wasn’t but 15 years ago. We’re very thankful for the Red Cross for what they do and we’re very glad that we have a facility to help accommodate them.”
The Friday and Saturday sessions of the drive will be held at Edgewater Mall and run from noon to 7 p.m.
To check appointment availability, visit www.redcrossblood.org and use the sponsor code ‘KATRINA.’