RESULTS: City Versus County Blood Drive 2018

by | Jun 9, 2018 | Breaking News, City News, Cullman City, EMS, Interviews, Public Safety, Videos

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RESULTS: City Versus County Blood Drive 2018
Cullman Citizens Compete to Save Lives

Friday several dozen Cullman-area citizens competed in the 14th annual Cullman City versus Cullman County Blood Drive at multiple locations across the city.

LifeSouth provided bloodmobiles at the Cullman County Courthouse and Walmart on Olive Street for the Cullman County donors and at Dicks Sporting Goods and Walmart on Highway 157 for the Cullman City donors.

The yearly competition decides who are the most generous blood donors between the City of Cullman and Cullman County.

There is not a prize for the winning side, however this year, donors were rewarded a steak sandwich provided by the Cullman Cattleman’s Association. In addition, blood donors were also entered into a drawing (sponsored by American Protein) with a chance to win a two night, three-day vacation to Gatlinburg, Tennessee.

Donors also received a free event participation T-shirt.

In addition to the great prizes, the blood donated during the competition will be used for Cullman patients. The competitors were saving lives Friday during the process of competing in the blood drive.

The event not only fostered a friendly spirit of competition but also helped to replenish a crucial deficit of raw blood and blood plasma in Cullman.

“Were in an emergency appeal for all blood types right now,” said Melanie Moore, Donor Recruiter for LifeSouth. “What that means is basically we’ve got a two day supply or less readily available to go to our area hospitals.”

Although the Cullman area is dire straits for blood, Moore expressed confidence in the blood donors of Cullman.

“Were depending on a good turnout,” Moore said. “Some of the most generous donors are in Cullman County.”

This video explains the details of the blood drive as well as the speed, ease, and pain-free for donors that generously provide their blood for the well-being of others:

Cherrie Haney, Director of Cullman County Economic Development and organizer for the Cullman County side of the competition was also hopeful of the turnout.

“We’ve done really well over the years,” said Haney. “The city won for years and then the county started winning and we won for several years.”

This blood drive existed years ago but had stopped being held until Haney reestablished the competition at the direction of Sammie Danford, then Director of Economic Development.

“[Danford] had been involved in the blood drive. In years past it had kind of died out so she wanted to get it started again.” Haney said. “So she gave that job to me to get it started again.”

A veteran of this competition, Haney is confident in Cullman County’s chances:

“We’re going to win this year. It’s a friendly competition and all it is bragging rights.”

Interviewed in the video immediately above, Wesley Moore, Cullman City Clerk and organizer of the Cullman City side of the event expressed similar confidence in the city:

“The county usually beats us. But I’m hoping this year we can pull it out.”

The final results favored the County once again this year with 85 participants to 71 for the City.

However, there were no losers.

The true winners were the patients who rely on donated blood for survival.

Hayden Hyatt

Hayden Hyatt

Story by Hayden Hyatt - Field Reporter for Cullman Today

RESULTS: City Versus County Blood Drive 2018

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