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On Aug. 18, the Ava FFA Chapter hosted a blood drive sponsored by the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks at the Community Center. All the blood collected by the CBCO stays locals and supports 38 hospitals in Southern Missouri, northwest Arkansas and southeast Kansas. All blood and blood products transfused to patients in these hospitals come from donors like you.
Out of the 82 donors, seven were first time donors.
Those donating blood were Charles Lupton, Josh Dewaard, Joe Carmichael, Diana Swearengin, Mary Bruffett, Trevor Ganzer, Stephanie Whiteman, Casey Haden, Afton Nash, Brent Lakey, Ashley Riggs, Cynthia Ingram, Ashley Reich, Raylein Holley, Shaylen Miller, Jody Pearson, Briana Tiff, Brittany Maggard, Shannan Evans, Missie Riddeeoutte, Billy Davison, Bethany Loge, Callie Marie Hicks, Margaret Bourgeois, Andrew Casey, Joe Harley, Tamara Yost, Stephani Little, Amy Gillspie, Augusta Rideeoutte, Connie Allsup, Jeanne Scrivner, Tim Scrivner, Walter Thorne, Sandra Cudworth, Chris Cox, Leean Tomlinson, Audrey Hadeen, Russell Loftin, Jimmy Hearod, Kerry Lafferty, Phyllis Campbell, Ryan Breshears, James Elijah, Thomas Imhoff, Regina Robertson, Tara Fossett, Jessica Jenkins, Harold Doane, Dawn Patton, David Frohman, Dana Lafferty, Diana Satterfield, Aaron Johnson, Ulla Farrow, Linda Ferguson, Amber Graham, Daryla Richards, Jerry Arnold, Sally Dickinson, Leeza Holley, Vivian Wilkes, Laura Stillings, Jason Macy, Lonna Akers, Janice Rawlings, Barbara Ridenour, Nicholas Helm, Courtney Levan, Raymond Reynolds, David Sayre, Mary Sayre, Tonya Dixon, Ronnie Bloomer, Belva Tarrant, Sandy Dietz, Ronald Fleetwood, Darrel Watson, and Anita Dodd.
A total of 67 units of blood was collected, which is a record number of units collected for an August blood drive.
The FFA chapter and advisors appreciate those who came to give blood. The next blood drive will be Oct. 13, from 11:30 am to 5:30 p.m. in the Ava High School Performing Arts Center.