Today marks the third birthday of Caleigh Harrison, the 21/2
-year-old Gloucester girl who has been missing since April 19.
Yesterday, her mother and other family members marked the occasion with a project that may help others live.
A Red Cross blood drive in honor of the missing Gloucester toddler was held at The Gloucester House’s Compass Rose room on Thursday afternoon.
Caleigh has been missing since April 19 when she, her mother, sister and dog were playing on Long Beach in Rockport.
Caleigh’s mother, Allison Hammond, who had just given blood and was talking with Red Cross officials, said there is a need for blood donors right now, and that people who donate blood now can turn around and do so again in 56 days.
“That’s why we were holding this,” Hammond said of the drive. “You can’t do anything but good with a blood drive,” she said.
By 3 p.m. Thursday, about 25 people had come to give blood. The goal was to get at least 66 donors, and the event ran from 1 to 7 p.m.
Many members of Allison’s family were on hand to donate blood and show their support, while friends and coworkers of the family and others also came to contribute. There was also face painting for participants of any age, a crafts table for children, and snacks for all.
Many adults were getting designs painted on their arms and around their eyes after giving blood.
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