Amid blood shortage, Cambridge City woman donates for 100th time

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Carol Smith of Cambridge City has donated blood for the 100th time.
Carol Smith of Cambridge City has donated blood for the 100th time.

CAMBRIDGE CITY, Ind. — A Cambridge City woman has donated blood for the 100th time.

Carol Smith reached the milestone Jan. 8 during a community blood drive at Cambridge City Christian Church, according to the Community Blood Center in Dayton, Ohio.

"She is one awesome donor," said Melinda Frech of the Community Blood Center.

Smith supports every blood drive at the church and has averaged four donations per year during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The milestone donation comes when America's Blood Centers and the American Red Cross have declared a national blood shortage. The blood supply is at one of its lowest levels in recent years with less than a day's supply of certain blood types at blood centers across the country.

January is National Blood Donor Month, and if the blood supply is not stabilized, blood might not be available for some patients when it's needed.

Upcoming blood drives in Richmond include 3:30-7 p.m. Jan. 25 at LifeSpring Church, 5600 U.S. 27, and 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at Primex Plastics Corporation, 1235 N. F St.

Appointments can be scheduled online at donortime.com or by calling 937-461-3220.

This article originally appeared on Richmond Palladium-Item: Amid blood shortage, Cambridge City woman donates for 100th time