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Holiday Gift Idea, the Gift of Life


The joy of the holiday season is best experienced when giving back. CaroMont Health and Community Blood Center of the Carolinas (CBCC) will host the 10 th annual Puppies for Patients blood drive on Monday, December 8 from 7a.m. to 7p.m. in the Auditorium at CaroMont Regional Medical Center, 2525 Court Drive in Gastonia. Each donor will be invited to sign a gift tag to attach to a stuffed puppy. Puppies are delivered to pediatric patients at CaroMont Regional Medical Center through December 31, 2014, with the hope of bringing joy to a much-deserving child during the holidays.

To kick off the Puppies for Patients program, CBCC delivered stuffed puppies to pediatric patients in the Birthplace and the Pediatric Unit at CaroMont Regional on Tuesday. First delivery stop, the Birthplace where Mandi and Hoy Colson welcomed their second child, Emma Elizabeth Colson, into their lives on Sunday at 12:57 p.m.

“She was nine pounds, 14 ounces,” said Hoy Colson. “She’s bigger than a Thanksgiving turkey.”

Both parents are music teachers at Burns High School in Cherryville, so they think there’s a good chance baby Elizabeth will be musically inclined.

Cambrie Kinkaid, one year old, was a little shy at first, but as soon as some of the crowd left, she managed to give her puppy a big embrace.

The need for blood is ongoing and it is especially challenging to meet this need during the holiday season. CBCC is the primary blood supplier to the region’s patients and hospitals serving residents who live within 16 NC counties, including CaroMont Regional Medical Center. Blood donated with CBCC stays here. Every drop goes to the local patients in the hospitals that they serve.

Those interested in donating blood on Dec. 8 can schedule their appointment in advance by logging onto (Click on donate and enter sponsor code: CRMC). Please donate blood and give the best holiday gift of all – life!

Blood Facts & Figures

Source: Community Blood Center of the Carolinas,

1 in 7 people entering the hospital need blood.

1 pint is all that’s need to save 3 lives.

Every 2 seconds someone in the U.S. needs blood.

The whole blood donation process from registration to cookies typically takes about an hour.

Over 90 percent of people will need a blood transfusion during their lives.

Cancer patients are the number one recipient of blood products.

You can donate whole blood every 56 days, platelets every 14 days or Double Red Cells every 112 days.

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