Saying Thanks In Hattiesburg, Miss. : Participation Nation The Hattiesburg Jaycees hold an annual blood drive to replenish the area's blood supply.
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Saying Thanks In Hattiesburg, Miss.

Capt. Michael Davidson of the Hattiesburg Fire Dept. and Jaycee Marquise Slator. Picasa/Courtesy of Hattiesburg Jaycees hide caption

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Capt. Michael Davidson of the Hattiesburg Fire Dept. and Jaycee Marquise Slator.

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Every year since 1994, volunteers from the Hattiesburg Jaycees have been holding a blood drive to replenish the area's blood supply. This Friday, the group will be grilling burgers and hot dogs for anyone willing to kick off Labor Day Weekend by donating at the Labor of Love Blood Drive.

"We also have a Fourth of July First Responder Cookout every year to feed our local law enforcement officers and staff, firefighters and emergency medical technicians," Jaycee President Lisa Foster tells NPR, "as a thank you to those who don't get to cookout with their families and friends."