Lawrence County will host a blood drive for employees on January 19

BEDFORD – Lawrence County is hosting a Red Cross Blood drive for county employees and elected officials. The blood drive will be held on Thursday, Jan. 19.

“I encourage all county elected officials, department heads, and employees to please volunteer for this great cause as there is great need,” said Human Resource Director Travis Sanders.

Treasurer Jody Edwards shared how she wished she could thank the persons who donated the four pints of blood that saved her daughter’s life. Her daughter hemorrhaged after giving birth to her son in August 2021.

Jody Edwards

“She would not have survived,” said Edwards. “I will never know who donated those four pints of blood. But I thank them from the bottom of my heart. Every two seconds someone is in need of blood. More than 29,000 units of blood are used every day.”

Last year, 39 units of blood were donated by county employees and officials. Edwards would like to see that number increase.

“We had 12 first-time donors last year,” she added. “Those 39 units saved 117 lives.”

Employee Wellness Screening

The commissioner renewed a contract with IU Health Hospital for wellness screening for employees.

The contract was for $7,200, according to Human Resources Manager Travis Sanders. He reported more than 113 employees have participated and others have scheduled their appointments.

Travis Sanders

The wellness screens also help employees save money on their healthcare costs.