ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Saturday, local officials of the American Red Cross held a blood drive honoring the memory of Wendi Winters, a Capital Gazette journalist who was killed last year.

Winters was one of five newspaper employees shot and killed at the Capital Gazette last June.

Volunteers and donors showed up to the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Annapolis for the Wendi Winters Memorial Blood Drive.

“It was so important to her, to care for other people. In continuing this blood drive, it helps to keep her memory alive and kind of replace the tragedy of her death with something positive,” Laura Schrank said.

Winters had been a volunteer for the Red Cross and organized local blood drives. Friends said she gave more than nine gallons of blood throughout her lifetime.

Saturday’s blood drive comes at a crucial time.

Organizers said 350 units were shipped down south to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian.

“It’s so heartening to know that there are so many friends of Wendi’s who know that this was important to her and it’s a way that we can pay it back, it’s a way that we can show our love for Wendi,” Jane Carrigan said.

The next blood drive is scheduled for Feb. 15. For more information, you can click here.

Ava-joye Burnett

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