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February 7, 2012

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BCF students Bryan and April Phillips and Phillip Shelley donated blood in hopes that lives are saved through the effort.

Faculty, staff, and students at The Baptist College of Florida (BCF) in Graceville are always eager to reach out and minister within the community. On Monday, February 6, BCF hosted a community-wide blood drive on campus, offering attendees the joy of providing life-giving blood to someone in need.

"It's a privilege to be able to serve in this way," said BCF staff and adjunct faculty member Matthew LeHew, who donated blood on Monday. "There is always a need for blood donations, and I know that the cause is important to everyone here. We're more than happy to contribute."

The Florida Blood Services mobile unit accepted donors all day Monday in the Assembly Center parking lot. The Florida Blood Services is a not-for-profit, community-based blood center serving the needs of patients at 46 hospitals in the Tampa Bay area through the participation of volunteer donors. The BCF family and Graceville community came together and donated 47 units of blood, a number described by Florida Blood Services as "remarkable." The Florida Blood Services will return to the BCF campus on Tuesday, April 3.

For more information about Florida Blood Services, visit fbsblood.org. For information about the upcoming BCF blood drive, please call 800-328-2660 ext. 474.