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MADISON COUNTY, Ala. (WHNT)- Central School in Madison County will host a Life South blood drive on Friday. It will last from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. A few days  before the blood drive, a Life South representative visited the school to teach the students about blood and its purpose.

The Life South representative used play dough and Kool-Aid to demonstrate how blood works in a way that 1st grade students could comprehend. "First we started out with water then we put gummy worms and what ever that white stuff is called," said one of the students.

It was a fun activity that helped the students understand what blood is and how if functions, but these 1st graders already know the impact that donating blood can have in someones life. Mrs. Putman is their teacher, and because of blood donations she got to meet and hold her first-born son. "I mean if we did not have people donating blood I would not have gotten to have him," said Mrs. Putman.


Reid Putman was born premature at 23 week. Mrs. Putman was suppose to have him in February but he was born in November. Little Reid was a fighter during his time on this earth. "He lived 67 days in the NICU at Women and Children's Hospital and while he was there he had to have lots of surgeries," she said. He had to have a blood transfusion every other day. "I mean, he used a lot of blood..somebody's blood. I will never know who that person was but thank goodness that there are people that will donate," she gratefully said.

Reid was born November 6. Because of the critical condition he was in, Mrs. Putman was not able to hold her son until December 25th. It was a Christmas Day she will never forget. The precious time that Mrs. Putman got to spend with her baby boy was all thanks to one thing; but hundreds of people. "The blood helped keep him alive," she exclaimed.

Reid's time on earth was a miracle and the memories of him will forever be treasured. Mrs. Putman wants other families to have the same time with their loved ones as she did with Reid. Although Reid is no longer with us, he is not forgotten. And his loving memory gives life to several people every year.

"We wanted to do something in his memory cause I would never ever get to give my son a birthday party so instead of giving him a birthday party we decided to do a blood drive," Mrs. Putman said.

Reid would have been 7 years old on November 6th. This Friday is the 7th annual blood drive in his memory.

The very first blood drive Mrs. Putman had to celebrate Reids birthday had 67 people donate blood. That is the same number of days that Reid spent on this earth fighting for his life. Those that donated blood made his fight a little bit easier.