More than 200 donate blood at Middle Georgia State health fair

awoolen@macon.comApril 30, 2014 

WARNER ROBINS -- Inside the air conditioned building, donors rested on beds as clear tubes pumped blood into bags.

These pints of blood, more than 200 of them, will go toward helping build up the supply in Middle Georgia.

Every two seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion, American Red Cross blood drive recruiter Jay Evans said.

Evans, one of the organizers for the Middle Georgia State College Blood Drive and Health Fair, held Thursday, said it is one of the largest donation events in Warner Robins.

“We had 267 sign up,” he said.

The entire process takes about eight to 10 minutes. Applicants who want to donate blood are asked a series of questions.

About 60 students rotated throughout the day to help with the health fair and the blood drive. The American Red Cross had phlebotomists to set up the blood donations.

“Everything in Georgia stays in Georgia,” Evans said about the blood donations happening that day.

Outside of Oak Hall, vendors were set up under tents and at tables to tell about their offerings.

Everything from holistic medicine to senior citizen care was represented by the 55 vendors who attended the health fair.

In the early afternoon, a Zumba class and an outdoor exercise class from Kinetix Health Club were held.

Organizer Kayla Taisler, a senior at Middle Georgia State, said it was the fifth year of the fair.

As activities coordinator, Taisler said she tried to get a variety of people to come to tell about their businesses.

At the Carlyle Place booth, Erin Jones demonstrated how music therapy can help those at a retirement community.

She explained how something as simple as rolling small balls around in a circular pattern can help release endorphins and help people relax.

“Music is everywhere,” Jones said.

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