When Patrick Kelley was in Boy Scouts he organized a blood drive as a project to help the Gainesville community. On Dec. 19 he’ll be remembered at a special blood drive held in his honor from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, 422 Brenau Ave., Gainesville.
Patrick died in a car crash on his 18th birthday in 2011, and friends then organized a blood drive to honor the musically-talented Gainesville High School student. That blood drive is now an annual event, and more than 100 blood donors have participated over the years.
“I think he’d be thrilled,” said Patrick’s mother Cheryl Kelley. “He thought it was important. He thought the blood supply was important, and he thought community was important.”
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers will host the blood drive, which is open to the public. Donors must be at least 17, or 16 with parental permission, weigh at least 110 […]