UPDATE: Dozens Turn Out for Blood Drive

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UPDATE 6/6/2014 10:50 AM

Marietta residents had a chance to give back Thursday - literally give back.

Dozens came out for a blood drive at Heartland.

Memorial Health System brought out their mobile blood bank.

It's a bus that goes to different locations throughout the county.

Workers say people who donate are actually saving lives.

"One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is getting to meet donors and they donate blood and that blood's going to somebody that does need it. It makes a big difference, everywhere in the world. There's just that one person that might need blood. The only way to get blood is from a person," says Trevor Samuelson, donor specialist.

Blood collected will be used for cancer patients and accident victims in the area.

There are only two blood banks in Ohio, so workers say donors are always needed.

Giving blood... is giving life.

So say the organizers at Heartland of Marietta.

They welcome community members to take part in this year's annual blood drive.

It takes an hour to donate a unit of blood- and Heartland says that single unit can save up to three lives.

Heartland is one of only two blood banks in the state.

Anyone between the ages of 17 and 70 can donate-

As long as the donor is in good health and weighs more than 110 pounds.

The drive will take place between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at the Heartland location on Route 60.

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