Area hospitals launch month-long blood drive

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Bangkok Hospital Pattaya and Rajadhevi Sriracha Hospital launched their third annual blood drive to honor HM the King for his birthday.

Mayor Itthiphol Kunplome and Bangkok Hospital Pattaya Director Dr. Pichit Kangwolkij kicked off the “Power of New Blood” campaign in Pattaya Dec. 1, enlisting students from Banglamung and Photisampan schools to put out their arms for His Majesty. The mayor lit candles and incense and the kids sang the royal anthems in honor of the Dec. 5 birthday.

Students from Photisampan School join thousands of others donating blood in honor of HM the King. Students from Photisampan School join thousands of others donating blood in honor of HM the King.

The blood drive, which runs through Dec. 31, is sponsored annually by the two hospitals to spur regular donations of blood to the Thai Red Cross year-round.

One Photisampan School student identified only as “Sam” said she was scared of the needle at first, but found the process fast and painless. She said she was proud to give to a good cause.