Wounded veteran holds blood drive to give back to community

out Saturday to support a former soldier’s efforts to pay it forward through a blood drive at Trinity Lutheran Church. Chris Hayley was severely injured by an IED while deployed to Afghanistan about seven years ago. He said he initially received 41 pints of blood in country and another 10 pints while hospitalized in the states. He and his family decided to repay the donations that were made back then that helped him in his recovery by holding a blood drive on his “alive” birthdate every year. Saturday’s blood drive was the second year for the event. Hayley lost a leg, suffered permanent damage to one arm as well as other injuries.


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