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NEWPORT, R.I. (NNS) -- Service members and civilian employees at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) surpassed their goal of blood donated during a blood drive in the Spruance Auditorium lobby, Feb. 21.

NEWPORT, R.I. (February 21, 2012) - Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief James Lovendale provides a pint to help the U.S. Naval War College (NWC) reach its goal of 20 units. Donated blood will be given to local hospitals. Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Dietrich.Sponsored by the Rhode Island Blood Center (RIBC), NWC had a goal of collecting 20 units or pints of blood.

"Often times we go over the goal we set here at NWC," said RIBC supervisor Marie Lajoie.

People can donate blood for a number of reasons but many say they do it to help others.

"I donate to help people in need," said Chief Hospital Corpsman Thomas Smalls, an independent duty corpsman assigned to the NWC. "They need blood for anybody. It could be for my family."

"There's always a need for it; that never ends," said Chief Aircrewman Operator John Lovendale, the senior enlisted leader for the NWC. "It's a chance to help out."

Like other blood drives held over the past 20 years at NWC, the college's goal was surpassed. This drive collected 44 units of blood.

"We will test the blood collected and distribute it to hospitals across Rhode Island," said Lajoie. "This donation is expected to help more than 130 people."

By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eric Dietrich, U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs