The Daily Tar Heel

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Sunday September 26th

Local American Red Cross Director Thanks Community for Support

Thank you all very much for your support of the victims of last week's horrible tragedy through Red Cross blood drive program.

So many of you have wanted to help, but we did not have the resources to accommodate all of you. But we recognize each and every one of your efforts.

To all of those who donated blood or time, were deferred from donating or lined up and were turned away, we do not know how to thank you enough.

If anything positive can come out of this horror, it is the publicity that the importance of donating blood has received.

For many Americans, the best way to fight back against the people who attacked our nation is to donate blood or help at a blood drive. But every day, thousands of people nationwide need blood transfusions for operations, trauma, terminal illness and other ailments.

The blood you donate now can only be used for a short time before it expires. UNC Hospitals needs blood year-round, and the UNC-Chapel Hill campus is a main provider and lifesaver for it.

Pain is felt daily by families who are losing relatives to cancer, car accidents and heart attacks.

Their pain is no weaker than the pain felt now by all of us, especially those of us who have friends or relatives who were lost or seriously injured in these attacks. We must strive to remember that.

Blood drives are held constantly on campus, and you are eligible to donate every eight weeks. Please take advantage of this opportunity to save lives and help others. In this way, we can show the terrorists that Americans sacrifice for each other all the time and cannot kill the spirit.

Once again, our heartfelt thanks go out to those who helped in this desperate time, and will continue to help in the future.

Casey Copp

Director of Blood Services

Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross

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