Fire department continues 16-year long donations to Cape Fear Valley

Fire department continues 16-year long donations to Cape Fear Valley


The Beaver Dam Volunteer Fire Department will hold its 56th blood drive for the Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center on Tuesday. 

For 16 years, the fire department has hosted drives for the blood center, according to Dianne Carter, a mobile recruitment coordinator for the blood center.

The center, which supplies blood to Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett and Bladen counties, has experienced a shortage of blood during the COVID-19 pandemic

“The pandemic affected us because our high schools, colleges and our corporate partners provided about 60% of our blood supply, (of) the remaining 40%, about 20% came from our own Cape Fear Valley Health system employees … and then the last 20% comes from the community itself,” she said. “With the pandemic happening, it took away because of the school closures for high school and colleges, and now all our corporate partners can’t host blood drives right now because of the pandemic.”  



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