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Broadcasters for Blood Drive Held in Downtown Charlottesville

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va (WVIR) -

The Broadcasters for Blood Drive is happening at the Omni Hotel in downtown Charlottesville Monday.

"Every two seconds someone somewhere needs blood,” said Terry Atwater, senior account manager for VA Blood Services.

Organizers say you have a chance to make a difference.

"I think it's just really important that the community knows these lives depend on them. They really do, because we can't support our hospitals without them,” said Michelle Westbay of Virginia Blood Services.

Virginia Blood Services is the sole supplier of blood to the University of Virginia Medical Center and Augusta Health.

"Your one donation could save at least three adult lives or the lives of eight infants in our area hospitals. You never know the impact of your life-saving properties that you have, they can really impact a lot of people,” said Atwater.

J.J. Towler was one of the many donors who came to the drive Monday.

"A long time ago, when I was 21 years old, I was in a very bad car accident and I was the recipient of many, many, many pints of blood, and it's payback time, so I've been trying to do that ever since,” said Towler.

With schools out for summer and families on vacation, the demand for blood is up, while donations are down.

"Summer is a really tough time for us, lots of people are traveling or on vacation but the need for blood never takes a vacation, it's really constant, and with more vacation and traveling it's a higher accident rate and our demand just goes up in general,” said Westbay.

The drive runs until 7 p.m. Organizers hope to get 250 pints of blood.

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