Washington County VA

Blood drive held to remember avid donor

JONESBOROUGH, Tenn. - A Jonesborough community came together Friday to remember Brittany Jo Hankal, who was killed by an impaired driver a year ago and often gave to others in need.

Hankal's family held a blood drive Friday afternoon in her honor. Family members tell News 5 they held the blood drive because Hankal donated blood every time she could since she was 16 because she wanted to help those in need.

Her family tells us seeing such a large crowd come support the blood drive means a lot. "She touched a lot of lives and by seeing so many people come out, it shows how many lives she touched. it makes me a proud sister, that's for sure," says Hankal's sister Ashley Ervin.

"It helps make it a little easier doing something she would've wanted to do, she loved doing, and to keep her memory alive," says Hankal's mom Kimberly Foster.

The family tells us before the actual blood drive they already had commitments for donations from 130 people.

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