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story.lead_photo.caption Westminster College student Matthew Guise attended a blood drive at the college Wednesday. Photo by Olivia Garrett / Fulton Sun.

Every eight weeks, Bruce Williamson looks for a local blood drive to attend.

Over the past 44 years, he's donated blood almost 200 times — he went to his 192nd blood drive Wednesday at Westminster College.

"It feels pretty good to know that somebody else has a chance to live," Williamson said.

Westminster student Matthew Guise had a similar inspiration for attending.

"I came just to help out," Guise said. "One donation can save three lives."

Williamson, with his American Red Cross hat worn proudly on his head, explained he first began donating blood during his first year as a Baptist minister.

"It started when I had a friend who was in a serious accident and he required five units," Williamson. "I was visiting him and they were changing his blood unit and it just grabbed me — we should be helping. I could see him getting better.

"I saw that as a young Christian, and it seemed like a great thing to do," he said.

With him Wednesday was Kent Knudsen, who was inspired by Williamson to start giving blood.

"Bruce talked me in to it," Knudsen said.

When Knudsen said he'd only been donating for two years, Williamson was quick to point out that Knudsen has plenty of time to catch up.

"He's younger," Williamson explained.

Several dozen other donors showed up to give blood at the event hosted by the Westminster College Center for Faith & Service.

If unable to make it to the Westminster blood drive, Callaway County residents will have other opportunities to attend another in the coming weeks:

North Callaway High School, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday.

Fulton Area Blood Drives, 2-6 p.m. Monday, 6841 Route Z.

New Bloomfield High School, noon-5 p.m. Feb. 28.

St. Peter's Parish, 3-7 p.m. March 3.

Fulton Middle School, 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. March 6.

Fulton High School, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. March 13.

Fulton Medical Center, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 23.

William Woods University, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m. March 26.

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