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‘Badge’ battle tops drive quota

A successful Erwin Community Blood Drive was held Friday, Sept. 9, in the fellowship hall at First Christian Church. The quota for the drive was 40 productive units of blood. Fifty-eight people applied to donate and 42 productive units of blood were collected. There were six first-time donors.
The following is a list of the donors who gave the gift of life at this drive: Steve Rice, Carolyn McCurry, Brenda Ponder, Wade Whitaker, Amy Burchett, Paul Comstock, Shirley Rogers, Greg Hart, James O’Gorman, Shara Harris, Ronnie McKinney, Mary Moughon, Andrew Cooper, Judy O’Gorman, Chester McKinney, Dave Roberts, Tina Rice;
Laurie Earp, Paul Motti, James Holder, Nancy Peterson, Ken Childres, Todd Edmondson, Jill Tipton, Kimberly Askew, Roddie Fleming, Andy Frazier, Casie Smith, Judy Moss, Lee Hughes, Bob Strickland;
Diana Gardiner, Olivia Love, Gordon Moughon, Sandra Williams, April Fain, John Presnell, Dakota Sluder, Ashlyn Williams, Rebecca Lewis, Gary Rice and Norman Brown.
This was a Battle of the Badges drive: each donor voted for their favorite first responder to honor them. The Unicoi County Sheriff’s Department won this vote, and the Erwin Police Department came in a close second, with only a two-vote difference.
Norman Brown won the drawing for dinner for two at Toby’s Cafe.
Grace United Methodist Church furnished the food for the canteen for this drive as a service to the community.
The next Erwin Community Blood Drive will be held Friday, Nov. 11, at First Christian Church fellowship Hall, 312 S. Main Ave., from 12:30-5:30 p.m.