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Ted Miller, left, receives a pin from Don Clements for donating three gallons of blood to the American Red Cross.

Wednesday’s American Red Cross Blood Drive at the First Presbyterian Church in Emporia went beyond its blood donation goal. Fifty-one people signed up to donate blood before the event started, and their goal was 50 people. The blood collected at the American Red Cross Blood Drive will be used anywhere needed.

“You come in, give your blood, get a sandwich, make sure you’re OK before you leave and that’s the process,” Don Clements, an American Red Cross Volunteer, said.

Three people signed up to donate a Double Red, which is 2 pounds of blood.

“We’re trying to make this as pleasant of an experience as we can,” Clements said.

Dot Woodruff, a longtime American Red Cross volunteer, said the American Red Cross saves lives and the workers have fun.

“One pint of blood saves three lives,” Woodruff said.

Woodruff said she has worked the Blood Drive at least 15 or 20 years.

The American Red Cross Blood Drive started in the 1950s. It takes about an hour to donate blood. People donating blood must answer a 56 question questionnaire to make sure they can participate.

The Blood Drive was open from noon-6 p.m. and walk-ins were welcomed. Local Blood Drives are held every 56 days and the next one is Nov. 20.