Blood drive for explosion victims

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Baylor Scott and White Hospital steps up to help those injured in the Gatesville explosion. 

They held a blood drive at their Mobile Clinic on Friday, and the turnout was large. 

Ten days ago, the Coryell Memorial Hospital explosion killed two workers and sent 14 others to area hospitals.

FOX44 spoke with blood donors about how they feel about the explosion site cleanup, which has been put on hold for now.  . 

Blood donor Sherrie Tipper didn’t hesitate to donate her blood. 

“It absolutely is a gift of life. There is no substitute for blood. It makes a difference in somebody’s life between life and death,” Tipper says.

This week, a judge issued a restraining order to temporarily stop the cleanup to preserve evidence. 

“There is no reason to carry out this any longer. With all the evidence that they already collected, pictures and stuff, they have it all. For the overall health of the community, we really need it to get cleaned up,” Tipper says.

Blood donor Autymn Robinette says, “If it is cleaned up, you may never figure out what exactly happened. So it is good to try to figure out before cleaning up. I know everyone wants to know what exactly happened.” 

While Tipper sympathizes with the victims, she believes there is a light in the darkness, “Thanks to God that it wasn’t any worse than it was cause it could have been a lot worse.” 

As a thank you, the blood donors got a free t-shirt and a voucher for an ice cream. 

If you couldn’t make it to the drive and want to help, you can click here for locations and other details. 

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