Statesboro Residents Help Refinery Victims

Members of Eastern Heights Baptist Church rolled up their sleeves for the refinery victims.
Members of Eastern Heights Baptist Church rolled up their sleeves for the refinery victims.

STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - As victims recover from the explosion at the Imperial Sugar Refinery in February, one community stepped up to help on Saturday.

Members of Eastern Heights Baptist Church organized a blood drive for the Sheppard Blood Center in Augusta. The blood center serves the patients who remain at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctor's Hospital. Organizers say such a tragedy should bring towns together.

"We're part of a larger community and we need to do our part for the folks in Savannah," said minister Tom Alderson. "As a church, we need to provide these opportunities for folks to get involved and do their part."

Organizers collected 32 units of blood. Six Imperial Sugar Refinery employees remain at the burn center in Augusta.

Reported by: Dal Cannady, dcannady@wtoc.com