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Teenagers roll up their sleeves to donate blood

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – The American Red Cross has received fewer blood donations this summer, so a local church youth group has pitched in to help.

Teenagers who attend Grace Missionary Baptist Church in Jonesboro held the second annual "Rock & Roll Up Your Sleeves" blood drive Saturday.

Jessica Wallace, a high school senior, coordinated the event this year, and she now has a chance to win a $3,000 scholarship.

She, however, says something else motivates her to get involved.

"I can't not give," Wallace said. "I have to because I keep thinking of that cancer patient or that premature baby that needs my blood, and here I am keeping it."

Blood donors between ages 16 to 21 could also enter to win a scholarship worth $3,000 to $5,000. For everyone else who donated, they too had a chance to win something – a Gibson guitar from the Gibson Foundation.

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