Flu, holidays combine to leave supplies low

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Allison Manley, of Havelock, gives blood as she is checked by nurse Myra Deaber last week at the Havelock campus of Craven Community College. Red Cross officials say blood donations are down by about 50 percent this month.

Drew C. Wilson/Havelock News
Published: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 03:50 PM.

Allison Manley chatted about her family, her house, her education and even the weather — anything but the life-giving fluid trickling out of her arm.

Manley, of Havelock, was one of the dozens of donors who gave blood to the American Red Cross last week at the Havelock campus of Craven Community College and at the Havelock Moose Family Center.

"I’ve been giving blood since I was in high school," Manley said.

She said she donates to help, and it makes her feel good when she’s done.

"It’s good to help other people," Manley said. "I always think what if it was my kids or my mom that needed blood, so why not give?"

Another donor, Wednesday Payne of Havelock, agreed.

"My husband had to have a transfusion and my father did when he had cancer," Payne said. "You never know when you’re going to need it. I’ve got it, so I give it."

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