Burned toddler inspires today's Graniteville blood drive

Friday, June 15, 2012 12:55 PM
Last updated 2:26 PM
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GRANITEVILLE — The Graniteville Fire Department is hosting the Alyssia Landrum Replacement Blood Drive today until 5 p.m. at the fire station, 200 Main St., Graniteville.

One-year-old Alyssia is at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta after surviving a house fire in early April that resulted in third- and fourth-degree burns on more than 70 percent of her body. Since arriving at the hospital, Alyssia has had 13 surgeries, according to a news release.

Her grandmother and great-grandmother died in the fire.

The drive will be conducted by the Shepeard Community Blood Center. The blood donated will help patients in 20 community hospitals and the burn center.

In order to donate, people must be healthy, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old. Those who are 16 may donate with written parental consent.

The community can help Alyssia by donating gift cards at the blood drive.

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