Donate blood for fire victims

Published 10:39 pm Friday, July 15, 2011

Anyone who is able needs to be in Boykins on Saturday, July 23.

That’s when a blood drive will be held in honor of three men seriously burned in an explosion at a Greensville County logging site and in memory of a fourth who died from his injuries.

Those wishing to donate blood need to stop at the Boykins Volunteer Fire Department between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. They also should sign up by calling 641-8899.

Lon Bickham, 31, of Hunterdale and Jeremy Everett, 33, of Courtland remain hospitalized at VCU Medical Center in Richmond after more than three months. Both have undergone multiple surgeries with more to follow. Everett, a father of two young children, has gone through 40 units of blood since the April 7 explosion.

Trent Kimbrell, 36, of Chester went home after 35 days in the hospital, while Gary Pierce, 32, of Emporia died six days after the explosion, which occurred when the men were working on a wood chipper.

We can’t even imagine what these men have been through. The explosion was a life-changing event for them and their families.

There’s very little most of us can do to help, but donating blood is a good way to contribute. Sign up to donate blood on July 23.