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      Lexington Public Safety Agencies Literally Giving Blood To Lend A Hand

      LEXINGTON (WACH) - You've probably heard the phrase "giving your blood, sweat, and tears." Well, some local heroes are literally giving their blood to help support a worthy cause. The American Red Cross has teamed up with Lexington Public Safety groups to create the first ever Lexington County Public Safety Blood Drive. The Lexington County Sheriff's Department, Fire Service, EMS, and 911 services are all involved. While the American Red Cross holds blood drives every year, this one is a little special.

      "What makes this event unique and what makes this event so great is that it's an opportunity for four public safety departments to come together with a common goal, and that is to help save lives." says Jamie Muldrow, the Communications Program Manager for the American Red Cross.

      Many hope the competition of this blood drive will bring out more donors hoping to flex their muscles.

      "We want to get involved somehow, so we thought that creating a competition might get more people involved to see which agency could encourage the most people to come. Who's the bigger lifesaver of all four agencies?" states Crystal Morehouse, the Administrative Assistant to Lexington County Sheriff Metts.

      Also, you don't have to be employed by any of these Lexington agencies to come out and give. Anyone can donate in honor of the department of their choice. The agency with the highest percentage of donors will be named the winner. So, if you're interested, here are the dates and locations for the blood drive:

      1) July 30 (8 a.m.-5 p.m.) Lexington County Sheriff's Department - 521 Gibson Road, Lexington, SC 29071

      2) August 9 (3 p.m.-9 p.m.) Lexington County Fire Service - 436 Ball Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072

      3) August 16 (3 p.m.-9 p.m.) Lexington County EMS - 407 Ball Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072

      Any and all donations are needed and appreciated. Blood donations in June and the beginning of July were much lower than expected. The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for blood donations of all types to help make sure there is an adequate blood supply. If you need a little extra incentive to go out and donate, all donors in this drive will be entered to win some pretty amazing prizes. The prizes will be from places like Outback Steakhouse, Cycle Center, and Fatz Cafe.