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Remembrance blood drive hits four-year mark

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WILBRAHAM The 4th Annual Birthday Remembrance American Red Cross blood drive in memory of Craig Anthony Campbell will be held at St. Cecilia's Church in Wilbraham on Jan. 7. St. Cecilia's is located at 42 Main Street in Wilbraham, and the blood drive hours are 1 p.m. 7 p.m.

Campbell was born on January 8, 1983 and passed away in a motorcycle accident in 2004. His family established an annual Red Cross blood drive in January 2005 as a way to honor his memory. Each year, more donors have come to the drive to share the gift of life in tribute to Campbell. Since the Birthday Remembrance blood drive's inception in 2005, almost 300 folks have come to the drives to donate blood, with 246 pints of whole blood actually collected. After each pint is separated into its various components of red cells, plasma and platelets, Campbell's drives have made well over 700 units of blood products available to patients in need. A fitting memorial to a young man who loved life.

Since Campbell was an avid skier, his family has arranged for a drawing to be held at the drive in which all presenting donors will be entered to win a pair of lift tickets donated by Jiminy Peak. In addition, Dunkin' Donuts will also give each presenting donor a coupon for a pound of Dunkin' Donuts coffee.

Walk-ins to the drive are always welcome, but appointments do have priority. To make an appointment, please call 1-800-448-3543, or go to A positive ID is required to donate.

The American Red Cross urges donors to give blood whenever possible, especially during the winter months when inclement weather may impact blood collections.