Blood Drive Looking To Surpass Goal

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Aug 22, 2009 at 7:24 PM EDT

The Southern Tier American Red Cross is one step closer toward reaching their goal for its annual summer blood drive.

Saturday was the second day for the drive at the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

In total, the Red Cross has collected 263 pints of blood.

The goal was to collect 291 pints within three days.

Now the Red Cross is shooting for more than 300.

It's enough to save almost 900 lives.

Blood donors say there's nothing greater than giving blood.

"The first time I gave, when they were helping me off the table afterwards, they said are you sure you're alright. I said, I've never been so high in my life. I love to give blood," said Patrice Federowicz of Apalachin.

The Red Cross encourages donors to eat and drink well before coming.

You also need to bring identification.

Sunday is the last for the blood drive.

Go to the Oakdale Mall in Johnson City.

You'll see the donation center at the Sears end of the Mall.

You can call to make an appointment but walk-ins are welcome.

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