Giving back to your community
An important anniversary for Chattahoochee Nature Center is approaching: two years of lifesaving partnership with LifeSouth Community Blood Centers. CNC Special Events Director Tamara Kinmon said that LifeSouth blood drives are near and dear to her heart, and that hosting them at CNC gives the community the opportunity to donate. CNC’s dedication and continued partnership has impacted countless lives throughout the community, and they look forward to their upcoming February blood drive.
CNC hosted its first blood drive with LifeSouth in April 2020. “I reached out to LifeSouth back in 2019 to start the process and ended up with wonderful people to speak with, and so it began with one phone call and email,” said Tamara. Since then, the CNC has hosted eight blood drives and collected 327 units of blood for patients in local hospitals.
“Working with LifeSouth has been so smooth and effortless,” Tamara said. “Each person has been very kind and helpful. I always have the materials, flyers and links to the online portal in a timely manner. When the staff arrive to our site; they are always accommodating and extremely nice to our donors and staff.”
Tamara said that when COVID-19 began, she was looking for a way to encourage her community to give back. “I wanted a way that the community could feel like they were a part of something bigger, a way to help others, she said. “And this was it! Our community heard the call and has been participating ever since.”
Since that first blood drive, participation in CNC’s drives has only increased. “Our drives are growing each time, and to know that we are saving lives brings a sense of joy back into the world that we’re living in,” said Tamara. “It has been such a pleasure partnering with LifeSouth and we will continue to do so in the future.”
The community is invited to stop by the next CNC blood drive on Friday, February 4 and be a part of saving lives. The drive will be held between the hours of 8 AM and 5 PM. All donors will receive an e-gift card, recognition item and a complimentary cholesterol screening.
Many blood drives have been cancelled due to the impact of COVID-19. This has caused a significant drop in donations. At CNC we host quarterly blood drives which provide you with many opportunities to donate. Sign up today to help those in need! To learn more about blood donation, visit lifesouth.org or call toll-free 888-795-2707.