Church And Donors Dedicate Part Of Holiday Weekend To Helping Others (VIDEO)

By Rachelle Spence - 21Alive

August 31, 2014 Updated Aug 31, 2014 at 5:10 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) -- Officials with the Red Cross are asking people to roll up their sleeves, as the the shortage of blood donations continues.

On average, the Red Cross must collect 15,000 donations every day to keep up with the need for blood across the country.

On Sunday morning, St. Joseph Catholic Church, on Fort Wayne's south side, stepped up to help.

It might be a holiday weekend, but that didn't stop people from paying it forward.

While most are out on the water, or throwing food on the grill, workers with the American Red Cross kept their donation chairs full.

"It's been great today! Especially for Labor Day weekend," said American Red Cross team leader, Nicole Guandt.

Officials with the church say it's an event they've organized for six years.

"It really just goes to show how important everything is to everybody in this community and how much they want to help out," said organizer, Emily Rauner.




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