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The love of a family supports an annual blood drive in honor of a fallen hero...

Nikki Winn’s world changed in May of 2009 when she was told that her brother SSGT. Paul F. Brooks, an Army combat medic had been killed by a suicide bomber in Iraq.  Nikki said, “When I finally quit denying that he was gone, my first thought was that my dad had just lost his best friend, my mom lost a son; my sister, brother and I lost our brother, and his babies lost their daddy.”

A former Red Cross staff member, Nikki came up with a way to honor her brother and other soldiers who have fallen in the line of duty. She proposed a Fallen Soldiers blood drive in his memory and the family completely embraced the idea. Planning for the first blood drive continued for several months and the call to action was heard. The day opened with Nikki, joined by her sister singing the National Anthem bringing tears to the eyes of many of those waiting to donate. The caring community of Jonesboro, Arkansas responded and more than 60 donated needed blood in memory of SSGT. Brooks.     On November 17, 2012 the second annual drive will take place with more than 100 donors expected.  Gone but never forgotten, SSGT. Brooks'  service will be well remembered today by these caring donors and the gifts of life they will share.

—A blood drive in honor of a fallen hero
 

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September 9, 2014
New Red Cross Blood Donor App offers features that make it simple, convenient and even more rewarding to give blood   (Sept. 9, 2014) — The American Red Cross is launching a first-of-its kind Blood Donor App today that puts the power to save lives in the palm of your hand.   The...
September 3, 2014
American Red Cross to host blood drives in honor of local sickle cell patients LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Sept.02, 2014) — September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month and the American Red Cross is partnering with local organizations for blood drives in honor of those fighting sickle cell and in...
 

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