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Giving the gift of life: Red Cross holds blood drive Thursday

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Red Cross Blood donation drive South Sioux City

SOUTH SIOUX CITY, NE (KTIV) -- The blood was flowing at the Norm Waitt Sr. YMCA in South Sioux City, Nebraska.

The American Red Cross held a blood drive Thursday that was originally scheduled for December but had to be canceled because of the weather.

Officials said blood is such a crucial source of life, so it's important that people roll up their sleeves and donate. That need is something many people can personally relate to.

"When I was born, I needed blood transfusions and those helped save my life," said Cailee Conlon-Trudo, blood donor. "So I just want to keep giving as much as I can to those that helped save me too."

Conlon-Trudo said she's been donating since she was 16-years-old. Donors said the process is quick and easy and really makes an impact.

"Well, it saves lives," said Joe Durham, donor, and American Red Cross Board Member. "I've never been there, where I've needed it but I've had friends that have been there that they needed it. I hope that doesn't happen to me again but it's going to happen with somebody. So the more the Red Cross has blood available, the more lives they can save."

YMCA officials said it was important for them to help organize this drive Thursday to continue making an impact in the community.

Michaela Feldmann

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