Blood drive held to honor Earline Akins

Volunteers gather at table set up in memory of the late Earline Akins during the community blood drive.

Agnes Hagin

Donors responded to the call to give in memory of the late Earline Akins during the American Red Cross community blood drive in Rockmart.

Akins was the local blood drive coordinator for more than 20 years and is remembered for her hard work and dedication.

“She was dedicated and had a passion for the local blood program,” said Peggy Watts. “I have been a volunteer for many years and watched as she organized, placed signs and made calls to remind everyone to give.”

Donors lined up to give in tribute to her work and a table in her memory provided moments to share experiences of past occasions when Akins was always present.

They were invited to sign a register by Doris Scott, who will assume the duties of coordinating future blood drives.

Other volunteers who assisted with the drive joined Scott. They are Audrey Williams, Peggy Watts, Evelyn Simmons and Martha McDurmon.

Members of Rockmart Lodge No. 97 served BBQ, chips and drinks to the donors. This group included Joel Smith, CL (junior) Carter, Jerry McDurmon and Harold McDurmon.

“People in area hospitals depend on the generous donations of volunteer blood donors each and every day,” said Randy Edwards, chief executive officer, American Red Cross, Southern Blood Services Region.

“These patients may never get a chance to say thank you to the person who helped them, but the Red Cross is happy to provide this opportunity to show appreciation to these donors on their behalf.”

Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The American Red Cross Southern Blood Services Region provides lifesaving blood to patients in more than 120 hospitals.

Approximately 1,200 people need to give blood or platelets each weekday to meet hospital demand.