By Camaron Abundes
Midland- You can't stick a pint of blood in a stocking, but this time of year it's a gift one local soldier wants everyone to consider giving for the holidays.
Sgt. John Faulkenberry, his wife Sarah, and family here in the Basin organized a Hero's blood drive at the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Midland.
"It took a lot of blood for me to stay alive in my thirty plus surgeries," said Sgt. Faulkenberry, who returned Wednesday from Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C.
Sgt. Faulkenberry was shot in an ambush in Afghanistan, July 27th. Although, he doesn't know names, he knows blood donors helped save his life.
"I've been given a second chance a couple time during all this, and I am going to take full advantage," said Sgt. Faulkenberry who wants to give back.
"I can't really give blood, because my blood isn't really mine to give," he said.
Instead, he gave others the chance to give blood.
"That is the biggest and best gift to give, donate a pint of blood and save someone's life," said Dianne Scott, donor recruitment representative for the United Blood Services, who adds there is never enough blood on the shelf.
"This time of year is when we need to have people come out and give blood the most," said Scott.
All the blood at the event will go to patients in hospitals all over West Texas.
"Everybody is just willing to help, and that just warms me up inside," said Sgt. Faulkenberry who said no one has been more supportive of his tour of duty than those in the Permian Basin.
If you would like to donate blood you can contact the United Blood Services online at www.unitedbloodservices.org or on the phone in Midland at (432) 520-4592 or (432) 550-6553 in Odessa.