STOCKBRIDGE – The city of Stockbridge, City Councilwoman Yolanda Barber and LifeSouth will hold a community blood drive on Wednesday.

The blood drive will happen from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the Ted Strickland Community Center, located at 130 Martin Luther King Sr. Heritage Trail in Stockbridge.

The event is the first community initiative for Barber as a member of the Stockbridge City Council. Barber called the blood drive “a great way to give back to the community during these trying times.”

“We take for granted living a healthy life,” she said. “Most of us during this pandemic have not been affected by it directly or indirectly, but I recognize during this pandemic those that need help. Their health is compromised during this pandemic.”

For example, Barber cited her niece, Sydney Belcher, one of the three triplets who graduated summa cum laude from Ola High School in 2018.

“She suffers from sickle-cell,” Barber said. “I know how she goes through her blood treatment. It’s a great way to help not just her, but everyone in the community.”

Those interested in helping out must be 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and provide a photo ID. In addition, those interested in giving must be in good health and must not be ill on the day of the event.

In addition, pre-registration is offered for the event but is not required. Those interested in pre-registering can do so at tinyurl.com/stockbridgeblooddrive.

Social distancing procedures will be in place at the event Wednesday.

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A native of Hampton, Georgia, Joe Adgie has worked for the Valdosta Daily Times, Clayton News, Rockdale Citizen and Newton Citizen. Adgie joined the Henry Herald in April 2018.

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