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James Clemens students attempt blood drive record

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Every once in awhile, there is a major need in the community which seems to pull everyone together.

There is currently a need for blood at North Alabama hospitals. At James Clemens High School, students are trying to break a record by recruiting as many donors as they can.

These students are urging parents, neighbors and more to take part in an urgent blood drive Thursday at James Clemens High School in Madison.

For Pujan Patel, it's personal.

"Actually, a family member of mine has had multiple surgeries due to health issues, and she's had many instances where she needed blood," Patel said.  "The last time I gave blood, she was actually admitted into the hospital and actually needed two units of blood."

LifeSouth provides blood to the local hospitals and they maintain the supplies are running low.

Jason Hodges is the District Director with LifeSouth.

"With the weather the way it is, if you have one snow day, you wind up missing three days worth of work because everybody leaves early the day before, they miss the day of and they don't come in the day after," Hodges said. "So it hurts donations. It really puts a strain on us, because we rely on donations. The blood that comes in to us goes out to our area hospitals within 2-3 days."

There is also some school spirit involved at this school, with everyone wanting to give back to the community.

This will be the second blood drive held at this location, according to Assistant Principal Jennifer Flanagan.

"The first blood drive, we didn't know exactly how much we would get, and so... we didn't quite get as much as we want this time," Flanagan said. "So we got 117 pints of blood the first go round, and we are hoping to get 200 pints this go round."

If you decide you want to give blood and want to come to this blood drive, there are five things you need to know before you come. 

You must be at least 16 years old. If you are 16, you must have a signed permission slip from your parents. Bring a valid photo ID. You must weigh at least 110 pounds or more.

Be sure to drink plenty of fluids before and eat prior to coming.

The blood drive starts at 8:15 a.m. Thursday and ends at 1:45 p.m.

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