Blood drive to be held in Pierce Township for girl with leukemia

December 7th, 2006    Author: Rodney Beckwith    Filed Under: News

Good samaritans in the Pierce Township Police Department are hoping that other giving individuals will join them in helping out a girl in need later on this month.

Col. Jim Smith of the Pierce Township Police recently announced a benefit blood drive, scheduled for Dec. 22 from noon to 6 p.m. at the Pierce Township hall to benefit Rebecca Bennett, the daughter of one of the township’s police officers.

“Rebecca is less than two years old and has been diagnosed with leukemia,” said Col. Smith. “Of course, she will require a lot of blood transfusions. That’s the purpose of this. We’re hoping a lot of people will come and contribute to this blood donation drive we’ll be having in conjunction with Hoxworth Blood Center.”

The diagnosis for the little girl came only recently, providing for a shock to the family during the holiday season. Col. Smith said that he hopes the blood drive will help Rebecca through her ordeal and help others in need of blood transfusions. The drive will be conducted by Hoxworth Blood Center.

"She was diagnosed recently, within the last week," said Col. Smith. "Lt. Michael Bennett has been with us for almost 11 years. We're taking up a donation within the department to try to help the family with Christmas and expenses."

Currently, Col. Smith said that Bennett is on leave to spend time with his daughter. Col. Smith added that any help the community can provide would be a blessing for the family.

"She's hospitalized inpatient at Children's Hospital," said Col. Smith. "Lt. Bennett is on leave and with his daughter. Any help you can give would be a tremendous help."
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