The week's good news: February 8, 2018

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1. Decades after his first donation, veteran gives 30th gallon of blood

William Chesser knows his strengths. "I can't sing or dance, but I can give blood," the Korean War veteran and retired probation and parole officer told the Dothan Eagle. The Ariton, Alabama, resident donated his first pint of blood during a military blood drive in Japan back in the 1950s. Since then, the 85-year-old has made an effort to donate blood when possible, and regularly drives to the LifeSouth Community Blood Centers office in Dothan to give. On Tuesday, he hit a milestone, donating his 30th gallon of blood. "It's a need I can help fill," he said. The American Red Cross says that less than 10 percent of Americans eligible to donate blood do so, and there's always a demand: It's estimated that every two seconds, someone in the U.S. needs blood.

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