Jr. Auxiliary hosts 1st community blood drive

An event hosted by the Junior Auxiliary in Laurel could go a long way towards easing a blood shortage in our area.  A first-ever, community blood drive at First Baptist Church brought in lots of donors today, including more than a dozen who donated O-negative blood.

That blood type is desperately needed in Mississippi right now.  Just yesterday, United Blood Services issued an urgent appeal for donations of O-negative blood.

"We've been planning this blood drive for one year," said Vicky Morgan of the Junior Auxiliary.  "It is an all-member project where all of our members participate.  We appealed to the community, to the churches, to the schools, just trying to serve the communities of Laurel and Jones County by getting our blood supply replenished," Morgan said.

Among the donors today was state auditor Stacy Pickering.