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Sampson Regional Medical Center is taking a proactive approach to a continuous need and, at the same time, paying homage — and allowing others to do the same — while meeting it.

Through its first-ever 9/11 Tribute Blood Drive, the hospital staff will be working to increase its blood supply and allowing those who give an opportunity to do so in recognition or remembrance of local heroes.

While blood supplies aren’t as critical at Sampson Regional as they sometimes are, the need is still great. That’s why those in the hospital’s blood bank, along with medical administrators, wanted to act now, drawing donors and doing so in a unique and special way.

And what better way than as a 9/11 tribute. That tragic event 12 years ago tightened the bonds between Americans and forged participation in community events like never before. Greatest among them seemed to be the rush to donate blood.

“I think people are looking for something that resonates with them. Lots of people went to give blood that day (9/11), and people feel pride in doing something memorable, something good. Donating blood is a way to give life,” said Amber Cava, the hospital’s director of marketing and community relations in a Aug. 27 Sampson Independent article.

She is right on all counts. Immediately after 9/11, people flocked to hospitals and area Red Cross units to donate blood. Every year since, people, looking to mark the day in a special way, have turned to giving the gift of life.

We hope that will be the case this year in Sampson County.

The hospital is holding the 9/11 Tribute Blood Drive on Tuesday, Sept. 10, from 8:30 a.m. until 7 p.m., and again on Wednesday, Sept. 11, from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m., at SRMC’s Blood Donor Center at the Outpatient Diagnostic Center at 233 Beaman St. in Clinton.

We are encouraging all those who can to give blood. While the need is not at a critical stage yet, donating now could prevent that from happening. It’s even more important at our local hospital because of the self-sufficient nature of our blood bank, where blood donated here stays here, supporting our families, our friends and our neighbors.

Having a strong supply is vital.

Emergencies happen at the snap of a finger, and most people don’t know when they might need blood.

Wouldn’t you rather feel confident that the blood is going to be there regardless of when the need arises? Wouldn’t you rather know that the hospital’s blood bank could handle whatever emergency comes up, when it comes up?

We certainly would.

That’s why we are urging participation in the 9/11 Tribute drive. It’s important and it’s a great time to give back.

Sampson Regional’s blood bank needs all types of blood. It only takes a few minutes of your time. The risks are minimal, if risks exist at all, and the benefits are extraordinary.

All it takes to become a donor is three simple things: 1) to be 18 years old or older; 2) to be in good health; and 3) to weigh over 110 pounds.

It’s simple and it’s one of the most valuable things you can do.

So please help the hospital, and while doing so pay homage to someone. It’s an immeasurable gift that can and will save a life.

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