By Trent Moore

The city took in more blood donations than the county Friday at the joint City vs. County blood drive, but not by much.

“The city beat us, but it was close,” county organizer Cherrie Haney said.

Haney said there were 93 donors for the county and 98 for the city.

This is the second year in a row for the city to win the competition, but more important than bragging rights is the effort to restock the dangerously low blood supply levels in the area.

“I think it’s been great,” Haney said. “This has been a great year.”

City organizer Amber Dodson agreed, and said they had seen a steady stream of donors all day long.

“People have been coming in since it started,” she said Thursday afternoon.

The total amount of blood raised was 191 units, which came in just shy of the target goal of 200 units of blood.

“It was awesome ... If those that were deferred could have given, we’d have met it,” Haney said, noting approximately 20 more people tried to give blood, but were ineligible.

“We met our goal by people coming out, but their iron was too low to give or it hadn’t been long enough to give again, or something like that,” Haney said.

County resident Vickie Ferrell, 57, said she donates blood as often as she can.

“I’m O Positive,” she said. “I try to donate about every eight weeks.”

Over 100 prizes were given out to blood donors Friday, and a grand prize two-person Gatlinburg, Tenn. vacation was also awarded.

For those who missed the one-day event, blood can still be donated in Professional Office Building 2 at Cullman Regional Medical Center. The Lifesouth donation center at CRMC is open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The local Red Cross can also be contacted at 734-0921 for donation information.

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