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Special Blood Drive

Jackson County residents rolled up their sleeves to donate blood Friday. But there was more meaning to the drive than just the need for blood around the holidays.

It was organized by Brittany Mathes to remember her husband, Jason, who died a year and a half ago in an ATV accident. She says, "I just wanted to continue his kindness. I think that's something the world needs more of."

Friday's blood drive was a chance for the Cashiers community to honor Jason.

"I heard so much about him and what a great guy he was"says Jim Dunn. Jason's friends and family say he had a great heart and an infectious smile, leaving behind his wife and four kids.

Brittany has a Facebook page called "The Mathes Movement" where she's encouraging random acts of kindness. She's also printed thousands of cards with Jason's picture on them...encouraging people to to pay their kindness forward. "And once you receive a card, you can share your story or your Instagram picture of how you received the card and just pass it on," she says.

Family members say Jason would be happy about the blood drive and the Facebook campaign...anything to help people in similar situations. Brittany says, "It was an infectious smile. And I know he'd be smiling knowing that I'm doing this."

Brittany is planning another blood drive for Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville on Saturday January 4th. And this winter, she's collecting hygiene products and clothes for those in need, also in memory Jason.

Click here for Brittany's Facebook page, called "The Mathes Movement."

By Rex Hodge
Follow Rex on Twitter @RexHodgeWLOS


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