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Marines give a little blood to save lives

By Lance Cpl. Daniel A. Wetzel | | June 24, 2011

The theme of Marine Week 2011 is community, country, corps and the American Red Cross blood drive for the honorary week provided Marines and residents an opportunity to serve them all.

The Red Cross and USO brought a blood services truck to the War Memorial, a primary Marine Week event location, where volunteers could give a pint on the spot. Every donor was offered snacks and the coveted “I gave blood” sticker.”

“I just gave a pint of blood. I give every chance I get,” said Lance Cpl. James Adamson, an infantryman with 3rd Battalion, 24th Marine Regiment. “It’s good that we’re here to boost the turnout, I’m going to get more Marines to participate.”

Red Cross said more than 38,000 blood donations are needed every day. Each person can donate a pint of blood and that pint can save up to three lives.

Kaitlin Zentz, executive assistant with the Missouri USO, said the Marines’ assistance with the blood drive will really help the citizens of St. Louis.

 “We’re Marines and we’re giving back to the community,” Adamson said.

For more information on Marine Week St. Louis visit marines.mil/marineweek or Facebook.com/Marines