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Blood Donors Give the Gift of Life

Blood donations are often low in the summer months, but on Tuesday the Greenwich chapter of the American Red Cross was hoping for a healthy turnout for its annual blood drive at Town Hall.

Numerous volunteers and Red Cross employees staffed the event, including Bob Oppenheimer, who has been a Red Cross volunteer since 1953.

"I was an officer in the Pacific where I met an American Red Cross worker in Guadalcanal, who is now my wife," said Oppenheimer. " I also drove for the Red Cross for many years."

The blood collected is needed for a variety of functions. These components are separated into plasma, red cells, white cells and platelets.

"We are hoping for 33 pints of blood," said Frank Tucci, supervisor for the Red Cross. " There are 55 appointments with walk-ins always welcome." The goal of 33 pints can help around 90 people.

"I think donating blood is a great thing," said Ryan McLaughlin. "I wasn't able to donate in college because of sports but I'm so happy to be back doing it."

Donors received information packet and then answered a series of questions about personal health, history and activity.

"Blood is life saving," said Mary Racho, a Red Cross volunteer. "The components from one pint can do so much for people in need."

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