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More donors sign up for memorial community blood drive

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) -

An overwhelming response for an upcoming blood drive in memory of three Manchester High School students.

More people have signed up since we first told you about it.

Now there's a waiting list!

Virginia Blood Services originally expected 50 donors for next Monday's blood drive that number has gone well over 150.

The unexpected response calls for extra staff at a time when donations are in high demand.

Mondays are typically slow for Virginia Blood Services.

May 14 will be anything but the norm. 

"We'll be sending out an extra blood mobile that day just to help with the overflow of donors," said Marly Fausz with Virginia Blood Services.

The blood drive at Kids R Kids Learning Academy will honor Avery Spence, Gage Edwards and Lauren Tuck.

All three went to Manchester High School, a campus that has seen its share of tragedies.

Spence and Edwards were killed in separate car crashes at the age of 17. Tuck was 20 when she died in her sleep after falling off her bunk bed at Liberty University.

The drive is being held on what would have been Tuck's 22nd birthday.

This is the time of year when Virginia Blood Services doesn't see as many people in these chairs donating.

That's why more drives are scheduled during the summer to keep up with demand.

"Because there is more activity out in the community, there's unfortunately more traumatic accidents," said Fausz.

Nancy Johnson donates two to three times a year.

She understands the need.

"It is something that people when they need it they really do. I've had to have several blood transfusions myself," said Johnson.

Virginia Blood Services takes walk-ins but recommends making an appointment.

Again, there's a waiting list for next Monday's drive in Chesterfield so you might be directed to another drive or donation center.

The blood drive is Monday from 12 P.M. to 8 P.M. at Kids R Kids Learning Academy.

That's at 6761 Temie Lee Parkway off Hull Street Road in Midlothian.

Organizers said businesses saw our story and stepped up with food and drink donations.

If you need more information call the Kids R Kids Learning Academy at 639-5437. You can also make an appointment at www.vablood.org

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