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Farr, 86, honored for dedication to donating blood

Even though he's 86 years old Bob Farr is still giving. Recently, he was given a plaque of appreciation from the American Red Cross for donating 126 units of blood.

"It's a public service," Mr. Farr said. "I don't know if I enjoy it, but I've got plenty of blood."

Mr. Farr's whole life has been dedicated to public service. As former chairman of the McDuffie County Board of Commissioners for eight years, and later a member of the same board for another eight years, Mr. Farr secured funding for improvements at the Thomson-McDuffie Regional Airport, spearheaded the McDuffie County Recreation Department, started the county ambulance service, was responsible for the landfill and served as county manager.

A retired dairy farmer, Mr. Farr also was president of McDuffie County Farm Bureau and Thomson Kiwanis Club, and is an active member of First Baptist Church.

Although there was no fanfare surrounding his 126th donation and plaque presentation at the Depot on Tuesday, Jan. 19, there was plenty of appreciation.

American Red Cross Donor Recruitment Representative Jennifer Coker Parrott said Mr. Farr's donation total is equivalent to 15 gallons of blood.

"I think it's very impressive," Ms. Parrott said. "He is such a wonderful man and deserves the attention. ... Usually people don't donate unless they are asked."

During the presentation, Mr. Farr reminisced about the first time he donated blood "back before I finished high school." He said he chose to donate because a friend needed a transfusion.

"At that time, you had to replace the blood that you got, so I gave for him," Mr. Farr said. "But I didn't start giving regular until the Red Cross came to Thomson."

The American Red Cross hosts the Phil Harrison Blood Drive at the Depot every three months. The drive was organized by Mr. Harrison until he died from a heart attack in 1999. Mr. Harrison's father, Otis, continues the drive efforts today in honor of his son.

The Red Cross collected 41 units during the January event in Thomson.

"We thank the community for coming out and supporting the drive so graciously," Ms. Parrott said.

The next blood drive will be Tuesday, April 27 at the Depot.

Web posted on Thursday, January 28, 2010

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