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Blood drive being held for family with rare blood disorder

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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The Red Cross is holding a special blood drive for a Savannah family who has a rare blood disorder.

The Williams' family was diagnosed with the disorder knonwn as "Diamond Blackfan Anemia." 

The bone marrow does not make enough red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body.

The father and the couple's 4 and 5-year-old sons have been diagnosed with the disease, which requires them to have blood transfusions every three or four weeks.

"Oh, it feels great, I mean this is the reason why we do what we do," Coastal District Manager Dean Smith said. I mean, we're out here everyday and we're collecting blood to help save lives, but to be able to actually see where that blood goes and to see the two kids running around, I ean it's just great."

The Adopt a Week blood drive for the Williams' will continue through Saturday at the Red Cross location on Tibet Avenue.

Donors will also be entered to win gift cards from Jalapenos and Zaxby's.

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