The American Red Cross and Rebecca Dickerson is hosting a blood drive in Carthage on Friday, Jan. 7 from noon to 6 p.m. in memory of the late Deputy Sheriff Chris Dickerson.
Deputy Sheriff Chris Dickerson, 28, was killed in the line of duty while making a traffic stop in Gary on Dec. 31, 2019. Dickerson served at the Panola County Sheriff’s office for eight years, was a Carthage volunteer firefighter, Red Cross volunteer and blood donor.
To honor his memory and in recognition of Law Enforcement Appreciation Day on Jan. 9, his mother, Rebecca Dickerson, is partnering with the Red Cross to host a blood drive. Dickerson’s brothers and sisters in all areas of law enforcement, first responders and community members are encouraged to schedule an appointment to donate.
“Chris was a blood donor so he could help save lives,” said Rebecca Dickerson. “Let’s show our appreciation to all our law enforcement, our fallen heroes across the nation, but especially our very own hometown hero and donate in his memory.”
The blood drive will take place at 310 W. Panola St.
Every two seconds, someone in the United States needs blood. The Red Cross currently faces historically low blood supply levels not seen in more than a decade. Eligible donors of all blood types are urged to schedule an appointment to donate. By giving blood, donors can give patients a chance to keep living and spend more time with loved ones.
To make an appointment, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visit RedCrossBlood.org, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enable the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.