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Austin battles Decatur: Who can draw most blood?

Meaghan McFerrin, left, a first-time giver, steadies herself while Kristen Holsonback takes blood at Decatur High School. Meanwhile, Talisha Williams and Monique Williams get Daon Baker set up for his donation at Austin High School.

Decatur and Austin competed to get the most pints of blood in an annual event Thursday. Austin won, claiming 265 pints to Decatur’s 119 pints.

“These two schools really worked hard and had a good showing,” said Tammy Barnes, branch manager for LifeSouth Community Blood Centers’ Morgan region, “and it’s going to show up in our hospitals. Our patients in our community will be seeing this blood in about two days.”

North Alabama needs about 100 pints per day, so the schools’ collections are a three- to four-day supply. LifeSouth is a collection of nonprofit blood centers that provides blood to more than 110 medical facilities in the South, according to its Web site.

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