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5 News And You, Helping Out At The Red Cross
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on July 19, 2013 @ 7:05PM
Created on July 19, 2013 @ 6:09PM

5 News is making an effort to help out more in the community.

In the latest installment of our 5 News and You Together We Can Make A Difference series 5 News' Andrew Forgotch headed up to Morgantown to volunteer at the Red Cross.

Once every three months you can find Henry Collins, a Morgantown resident, at the blood drive that's held every week by the Pineview chapter of the Red Cross.

"People are dying and in need of blood," he said. "That's an easy way to save someone's life."

Collins, along with hundreds of other people, have already given more than 450 units of blood this year. That's blood that can be shipped all over the country.

"The O donors are special because they're the universal donors," Jack Lake, a Donor Recruitment Representative with the Red Cross, said. "Anyone can receive the O negative type (of blood)."

However, that's not the only type of donors they need.

"We actually rely heavily on our volunteers to help us run the blood drives," Lake said. "Because our staff shows up and they set the beds up and do the drawing of the blood, but we need help."

Steve Sanetrick and David Lynch have made themselves a fixture at the weekly blood drive for the last 12 years.

"My job is a walker," Sanetrick said. "I escort the person after they've given blood so they can sit and rest for a while and get something to eat and drink. "

"I come in a little bit earlier than the others to make the coffee," Lynch said. "Then I make sure the supplies are out and the table is ready."

Both Sanetrick and Lynch showed 5 News' Andrew Forgotch their jobs, and he gave it a shot.

"It's something that doesn't take a lot of physical strength or stamina in order to do," Lynch said. "If we didn't do it the Red Cross would have to pay people to take these positions."

"I just like talking to the people and I know we're giving something back to the community," Sanetrick said.

If you would like to learn more about giving your time to the Red Cross, click here.


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