Floyd Clayton has donated enough blood to save the lives of more than 200 adults. The first time Clayton gave blood he was in his early 20's, but when his brother was in a life threatening accident, he experienced first hand how a blood donation can impact someone you love.
"My brother Roger, was in a car wreck in Morgantown and he needed blood right away, luckily his three brothers were around, so we donated and gave blood to him and that probably saved his life."
After seeing how something as simple as a blood donation can save a life, Clayton became an advocate for the Red Cross. He would donate a pint every chance he got, Clayton wears his blood gallon pins on his hat to remind everyone how precious life really is.
The Red Cross is always looking for volunteers and donations. "Everyone needs blood and this time of year we're short on blood and one pint of blood can save up to three lives" Red Cross Volunteer, Fred Travis explained.
"I urge everyone to give blood. If you're healthy, do it because it could help them self, others or possibly their family," Floyd Clayton.
January is Nation Blood Donor Month. The blood supply is in high demand and vulnerable during winter months due to seasonal illnesses and busy holiday schedules. To find a local blood drive and help patients in need, visit redcrossblood.org.