Blood drives have special meaning for local patrolman

Pictured above is an 8-year-old Bob Beres while at the hospital for treatment of spinal meningitis. (Provided)

By Lia

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- Corporal Bob Beres is an 18-year veteran of the Highway Patrol. At his office, accolades adorn the walls of his life achievements, as well as signed photographs from celebrities he met along the way.

None of this he says would be possible if it wasn't for a donation by a stranger when he was 8-years-old.

"I came down with what's called spinal meningitis and ended up in the hospital for more than a week," he said.

Beres said he learned that he received a couple blood transfusions.

"I know that because of the blood transfusions and medical care I received that I am here today to be with everyone," he said. "I know someone gave me blood to enable me to live, and I feel like I need to do something for it in return."

As a way to say thanks to that person that made a difference in his life, Beres now donates to the Red Cross any chance he gets.

"I'll never know who donated that blood for me to live, but I know every time I donate it will save up to three lives," he said. "That's what makes it heart-warming."

According to the Red Cross, there is someone who needs blood every two seconds across the U.S. and they're low on supply.

"Let's take thirty minutes out of our day and help save a life," Beres said.

ABC News 4 is hosting a blood drive Thursday. The Red Cross will be at Northwoods Mall and Citadel Mall to collect blood from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m.