Photos by Shawn Nowlin

Photo by Shawn Nowlin
Edith Uthoff donating blood.

A few weeks ago, Levi Cain was online when he came across a social media post that caught his attention.

“It mentioned a holiday blood drive taking place in the Care Advantage Inc. parking lot on December 29,” he said. “I figured it was a great way to give back to the community, so I decided to spread the word.”

The purpose of the drive was to help Virginia Blood Services (VBS) – the non-profit provider of blood to area hospitals – kick off 2018 with a healthy blood supply. “The number one reason people do not donate is that they have never been asked,” VBS Manager Wensday Tumulak said. “We need donors and organizations to host blood drives to ensure that there is an adequate supply in Southwest Virginia. It is very frustrating when a coordinator tells me someone canceled their appointment because…

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