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Red Cross highlights one special blood drive hero

Thursday, the Media for Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus from noon to 7 p.m. (Photo source: WLOX) Thursday, the Media for Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus from noon to 7 p.m. (Photo source: WLOX)
Hancock County residents have a chance to "Be Somebody's Hero." It's the 27th annual Media for Red Cross Blood Drive. (Photo source: WLOX) Hancock County residents have a chance to "Be Somebody's Hero." It's the 27th annual Media for Red Cross Blood Drive. (Photo source: WLOX)
BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) -

Hancock County residents were given a chance to be somebody's hero Wednesday. It was day two of the 27th annual Media for Red Cross Blood Drive, which got underway at Hollywood Casino in Bay St. Louis.

WLOX News introduces you to a Bay St. Louis woman who has donated many pints of blood.

The process for donating blood is something Sherry Smith is very familiar with. She has been a Red Cross donor for the past decade and gives the gift of life at least three times a year.

"I think it's a good cause, and I try to do it as often as possible," said Smith.

Smith says she became a believer in the Red Cross cause after her mother took a bad fall and broke her hip. She needed several pints of blood during surgery.

"I feel that one day I may need the blood. I may be in that situation they're in, and I would hope someone would help me by donating blood," explained Smith.

She says she knows she will probably never meet the people whose lives she helps save that's OK.

"But in my heart, I know I am helping someone," said Smith.

The workers here consider Smith a Red Cross Super Hero.

"No. I'm just a person who likes to donate blood to help others," she said.

"You might not have a cape, you might not be a super hero like you see on TV, but you can be somebody's hero by saving lives,” said Micah Hollimon, Red Cross District Manager. “With each pint of blood donated, you can save up to three lives. We consider all of our donors super heroes. Sherry is one of our super heroes. She donates multiple times a year. You can donate up to six times a year, so we thank Sherry and other donors like her who actually come out to help save lives."

The Hollywood Casino drive wrapped up Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.

Thursday, the Media for Red Cross Blood Drive will be held at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Jackson County Campus from noon to 7 p.m.

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