Blood drive slated for Monday at Wal-Mart to off-set medical costs for assault victim

From Staff Reports

Mar. 18, 2007 - The second of two blood drives scheduled through Stewart Regional Blood Center in honor of assault victim Christopher Wright will be conducted Monday, March 19.

The first drive was hosted by Lakes Regional Mental Health Center in Terrell, where Christopher Wright’s stepfather, Robert Johnson is employed. Johnson’s co-workers donated 13 units of blood at the drive.

The second blood drive will be conducted from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, at Wal-Mart, 1750 South Broadway St. in Sulphur Springs. 

�Blood donations collected will help off-set transfusion costs the young man may have throughout his treatment,� according to Stewart Regional Blood Center Communications Coordinator Laura Little.

�Giving blood is something positive that people can do to show their support for this young man and his family, and perhaps start some healing in our community,� said Stewart Chief Operating Officer John Drury. �On behalf of everyone at Stewart Regional Blood Center, our hearts go out to this young man and his family. We hope that this blood drive will offer a way for the Sulphur Springs community to come together and begin healing in wake of this tragic incident.�

As was the case with Friday’s blood drive in Terrell, the victim’s family will be in Tyler at the hospital with Wright during Monday’s drive. 

Those who would like to give blood in Wright’s honor or to help bolster supplies, but will be unable to attend Monday’s drive, may still do so at any of Stewart’s six locations — Mount Pleasant, Paris, Tyler, Longview, Lufkin and Marshall — or a Carter BloodCare donor center. 

For directions and hours of center operations, more information about Stewart, blood drives and banks or to organize a blood drive, call 1-800-252-5585 or visit online. 

For information about Carter BloodCare, its operations or centers go online to or call 1-800-366-2834 (1-800-DONATE-4).

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