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Blood Drive Scheduled To Help Shooting Victim ‘Pay It Forward’

Donnie Dotson spent six days in Regional One Health in Memphis after he was shot during a robbery in Coffeeville.

OXFORD — Mississippi Blood Services (MBS) will be holding a special blood drive for Donnie Dotson, a former police officer, on Friday, February 17, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Mississippi Blood Services Draw Station in Oxford. MBS is located at 2627 W. Oxford Loop, Suite C, in Oxford. All donors will receive a T-shirt. Donors can now check their total cholesterol on their MBSConnect Account.

Dotson was shot when two men robbed his place of employment in Coffeeville on Jan. 16.. Because he needed blood during his treatment, Dotson now wants to pay it forward. 

“Thanks for the outpouring of prayers and support from all family, friends, concerned citizens, all law enforcement, MBI, EMS, Wings, the Med, Timmy McCoy, Sr., Yalobusha community and surrounding communities and to any and all who have called, visited, and given monetary donations,” Dotson reported. “So thankful to the Lord for sparing my life. We give him all the praise!”

Dotson also expressed appreciation for everyone willing to donate blood to help him give back. 

“Special thanks to Mississippi Blood Services for organizing and setting up the blood drive. To all those who played a part in making this happen. To Jacqueline Spencer for getting the ball rolling on this project. To Jennifer Hudson and Jennifer Homan for coordinating this event. Thanks to everyone for your help with this event,” Dotson added. 

Donating blood is safe, simple and it saves lives. Donors must be at least 17 years old (16 years old with signed parental consent, visit our Web site for a copy of the form), weigh at least 110 pounds and have a valid ID. Visit msblood.com or call us (888) 90-BLOOD (902-5663) for information. 

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