Blood Drive Shoots For 165 Pints

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Payson area residents opened their veins Monday when they donated more than 80 pints of blood to save lives.

The Kiwanis Club of Zane Grey Country and United Blood Services combined efforts to bag the blood and estimated they would fall just short of their goal of 165 pints.

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Bob Hibbert, 67, gives blood and a thumbs up to saving lives Monday at the Kiwanis-sponsored blood drive.

The donor count at 3 p.m. Monday was 80, with two hours to go. United Blood Services is still adding up the total number of donors.

"The cold and flu season is our biggest enemy," said co-coordinator and Kiwanis member Kathryn Lee. "But the majority of people who came in have been able to give."

Pine is holding another blood drive today at the Pine-Strawberry First Baptist Church from 11:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Not all residents were too flu-stricken to donate.

"I donate every time I come in, and I just got my 10-gallon pin today," said donor Richard Roy, 75.

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