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Noonday Fire Department holds blood drive for West victims


The Noonday Fire Department hosted a blood drive Monday night to benefit the victims of the explosion in West, TX.

Noonday firefighters were also a part of the Smith County helmet drive, but wanted to do something a little extra.

Several of the blood donors at Monday night's event say giving back is their duty.

"We need to rely on each other. No one is going to help us but us, so we need to be out there for each other. You never know when you're going to need it so step up when someone else needs it," says Doug Fields, a donor at Monday night's blood drive.

Tim Peterson says these kinds of events show Texans' true colors, "The people always rally around each other, they're very giving people, especially in here in Noonday and Gresham where we live.

Peterson gave blood and is also one of the people at Monday night's even who has visited West since the explosion.

"When we saw the people there and how hurt they were, and they were so thankful, so we wanted to do all we could to help them some more."

The Noonday Fire Department was a part of the Smith County Volunteer Fire Department helmet drive over the weekend. The blood drive is a separate event but firefighters brought out the helmets one last time.

"We had this opportunity to have the buses here so we brought the helmets out to try to collect a little bit more so we can get that money down to West to help them out," says Noonday's Assistant Fire Chief, Jonathan McClish.

McClish says the Carter Blood Care buses have been full for most of the night and he hopes more people will be moved to donate.

"Right now our time frame is until 10:30 p.m., but, if people start showing up around that time, they'll stay open."

Carter Blood Care says they will use this blood to help maintain the supplies needed for the victims in West. 

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