Giving back by donating blood

By Kelly McCarthy

December 31, 2013 Updated Dec 31, 2013 at 6:14 PM EST

Johnson City, NY (WBNG Binghamton) On the last day of 2013 Stephanie Kunzli, of Vestal, and her best friend decided to give blood for the first time.

"I'm kind of nervous, I'm very squeamish, I'm not good with these types of things," Kunzli said.

But Kunzli, 24, won't back out. She's seen the benefits of donated blood first hand.

"My mother was diagnosed with multiple myeloma," Kunzli said, "Which is a terminal cancer like six years ago, and she's currently in remission and she just, she got a lot of blood donations, so she said it was good to do it."

Donating just one pint of blood can help save three lives.

"The holidays are particularly difficult for us," said Sheila Sullivan, American Red Cross, "It's not the first thing on everybody's agenda and reasonably so, but the need is still there."

The Red Cross hopes to collect at least 55 units a day at this blood drive. That will be more than 200 donations at the end of the week

"I'm very thankful to everyone who helped out with her recovery," Kunzli said, "And if I can do anything to help somebody else that's what I would like to do."

The New Year's Resolution Blood Drive continues 1:30 pm - 6:30 pm through Friday. WBNG is a proud sponsor.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee. To schedule an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.

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