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Blood drive asks you to give for those who gave

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The true purpose of Memorial Day is to remember and honor the men and women who died in service of their country and that sacrifice has inspired a unique take on giving back.

Jack Fredrickson is a veteran who served during the Korean War. From one big sacrifice to a small one, Friday he gave blood in honor of those who served our country.

This weekend, Michigan Blood is holding a "Give for Those Who Gave" blood drive.

“I think it's a great idea and I think helping others is the most important thing,” Fredrickson said. Fredrickson's wife, Janet, said now they often donate blood together knowing how important it is to give.

She said a few years ago blood donations saved her husband's life.

“It was very scary, all of a sudden he started hemorrhaging and it was gushing out of him and he was in the hospital and needed five units of blood and there eight days,” Janet said.

Now they give hoping that they'll help save other lives as well.

This time of year it's extra important to give as Memorial Day weekend marks a time when more blood donations are needed.

Tamar Chipp of Michigan Blood said that's because more people are on vacation and not regularly donating blood.

“The need for blood never takes a vacation, so as we honor our heroes, as we take some time off to spend with our families, the need for blood is great and it continues as there is no substitute for blood,” Chipp said.

For Janet Fredrickson, she said giving some blood in honor of those who gave for their country is something she's proud to be a part of.

“A young man leaving his family and home to go and live like that is a big contribution and we should recognize and honor them,” she said.

For a full list of donating sites

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