Blood drive remembers volunteer

An American Red Cross blood drive Thursday honored a longtime Catawba County public servant.

James Stanley was one of the first to roll up his sleeve at the drive in memory of his father, James “PJ” Stanley, a Red Cross volunteer, Claremont council member, police officer and rescue worker.

PJ Stanley died Sept. 22.

The drive, held Thursday at Christ Lutheran Church in Hickory, collected 30 units of blood. Each lifesaving unit stood for what PJ Stanley spent his life doing — helping others.

“It’s really an honor,” said James Stanley. “I feel good coming to do this, because my dad was all about serving people.”

Meredith and Troy Scott used to work with Stanley.

“It was very important for us to donate in his honor,” said Meredith Scott. “He gave his time, all the time — let’s do something great for him.”

The community has another chance to honor Stanley by giving blood at a drive Dec. 5 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Claremont from 3-8 p.m.

According to the Red Cross, blood can safely be donated every 56 days.