Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church hosted a blood drive today

There was a steady flow of people at a Biloxi church today as Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church teamed up with the American Red Cross to help meet a vital need for people from all walks of life.

Those at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Church believe in the power of the blood of their lord and savior Jesus Christ. On this day, they turned their Biloxi parish hall into a site where they and others could give blood of their own through a blood drive for the American Red Cross. Red Cross Volunteer Ron Pelland said, “Because of the bad weather, we need blood, and we need it badly.”

Parishioner Jack Fields was ready to give. Fields is a special breed. He’s what’s known as a super red blood donor. His blood can be fast tracked to a hospital and while one typical donation goes a long way, saving up to three lives, Field’s blood can help save the lives of up to nine babies and six adults. “Power red is like doing a double donation where they take the red blood cells and donations. They separate the red blood cells and the plasma, and they give you the plasma back. Red Cross does have a special test, and if you’re compatible, you can give it to even the youngest, babies even. We consider it a gift of life.”

If for some reason you cannot give blood, there a plenty of ways you can help out. The American Red Cross is always looking for volunteers. “Go into the American Red Cross and click on volunteer and it will guide you as to what area you want to get into. You can work the canteen. You can check people in, and just be friendly to the donors.”

The Knights of Columbus were on hand and co-sponsored today’s blood drive. More blood drives are scheduled throughout the week. One is on Thursday, March 11th from noon to 5 p.m. at the American Red Cross site located at 612 Pass Road in Gulfport.

On Friday, March 12th, the Mandal Buick GMC dealership in D’Iberville will host a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. and from noon to 5 p.m. Murphy Chiropractic in Biloxi will host a drive.

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