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Well, not really, but your blood is really needed. Have you donated lately?

According to the Red Cross Volunteer who contact me to schedule my appointment, they have only a few days of blood available to those in need. I am O+, considered the universal donor.  More rare types are even more limited. Life is busy.  When the call came, I asked if there was any place close to Catonsville having a blood drive so I could stop in when I could.  Just 2 days later, the Catonsville United Methodist Church was holding a blood drive.  I checked my calendar and scheduled an appointment.  It was too close to me to allow for any excuses. 

Catonsville United Methodist Church is easy to find, just off Frederick Road at 6 Melvin Avenue.  It also happened to be where my daughter attended the 2 year old program of the Catonsville Cooperative Pre-School.  According to Mrs. Sally Morse, a parishoner, who I sat next to while awaiting my turn, there are many organizations, including boy scouts and girl scouts, that use the great facilities they have there.  Mr. Al Morse (Sally's huband), is on the facilities committee that handles these groups and the facility itself.  Catonsville is a small community where everyone seems to know someone!  It turns out that my younger sister went to school with the Morse's daughter.  Small world!


Red Cross Blood Donation              Red Cross Blood Donation

After answering the required donation pre-qualification questions with Tyra, my iron was checked, and I was cleared to donate. I was sent to the table where a blood pressure cuff was pumped up and the search to find a good vein was on!

My veins are not the easiest to find, so Kelly Dickey, a Red Cross employee and an eight year veteran of the community blood drives,  was called in.  With one stick, she was in and we were off!

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Once you complete your donation, you are required to drink something and have a small snack.  They prefer you don't pass out on the way to your car.  Not one to pass up Famous Amos, I chose the oatmeal cookies and a small cranberry juice.

This was my view from the snack table.  A full house!  All four beds were occupied with folks waiting their turn.  I'd say the drive was a success!!


Red Cross Blood Donation Maryland


Mr. Max Wiener joined me at the snack table after donating.  He is a member of the congregation even though he is now a resident at Fair Haven in Sykesville, Maryland.  He made the drive to be a part of this important mission.  The handsome Mr. Wiener has been a blood donor since the sixties!

Red Cross Blood Donation Maryland

This blood drive was sponsored by the Abigail Circle (a service group within the church).  Kim Farrell (pictured below in blue) told me that this drive was in honor of Jane Oberndorf, an Abigail Circle Member who died suddenly.  Ms. Oberndorf had been in charge of the drives for several years and the women of the Circle wanted to continue the drive in her memory.

Below is a picture of some of the members of Abigail Circle who volunteered at the blood drive.  As Julia donates she is surrounded by Maggie, Patti, Janice, Marjie and Kim.  They are such a warm and friendly group!

Red Cross Blood Donation Maryland


Did you know that only 38% of Americans are eligible to give blood and only 8% donate?  The Catonsville United Methodist church holds blood drives 2 times a year in May and October. 

Lots of local organizations hold drives.   It's easy to donate just go to to find a donation center near you!

PLEASE GIVE BLOOD, YOU WILL SAVE A LIFE!  Just imagine if everyone on this forum would donate and get one other person to donate....




Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  SWBC Mortgage.   410-960-2061 EHO or


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Comment balloon 7 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • May 16 2011 05:43PM


Hi, Bridget:  Thank you for posting this.  As you well know, the American Red Cross is always in need of blood.  Many folks don't realize it, but blood has a very short "shelf life".  Platelets, used for cancer and leukemia patients, only last 5 days or so.  The need for these donors is always great, and the collection process the most difficult.  Red blood cells can last over a month, but our huge number of vehicle accidents and other traumas require great volumes of it.

You can only give blood every 8 weeks or get it out of the way and you have an excuse the next time someone asks you to donate:  "Gave a few weeks ago!"

You can donate platelets a couple of times a week, though...just sayin'!

Posted by Dennis Burgess, Orlando Property Manager and Realtor (AmeriTeam Property Management) about 9 years ago

Good for you.  I haven't been able to donate in a long time because i'm anemic.  I haven't checked in awhile.  Thanks for the reminder.

Posted by Dr. Stacey-Ann Baugh, A doctor who makes house calls. (Century 21 New Millennium) about 9 years ago

Great post! I am O-, and like you, a universal donor. Time to dontate some blood I suppose! It is a great thing to do.

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) about 9 years ago

Dennis,  Thanks for all the great information!  I tried donating platelets a while back, dragged my friend with me.  They couldn't find a good vein (bigger needle?), my friend ended up donating in my stead!  Now THAT is a good friend!

Stacey, Start upping that Iron!  I was turned down for low iron the last time.  This time I was right on the line, I am starting a multivitamin and iron today, so I am sure to be ready in eight weeks!  It's already on my calendar.

Andrea,  Good for you! Wouldn't it be cool to keep track of how many pints were donated in the Rain? Spread the word!!

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) about 9 years ago

What a beautiful church, Bridget.....and a beautiful effort to help others. 

Posted by Christine Hooks, Celebrating 25 Years in Real Estate! (Pino Agency) about 9 years ago

Wonderful post! I donate every 3 months and I think it's one of the easiest, yet most important, things we can do!

Posted by Mykel Martin, Realty Masters & Associates ((909) 476-9600 ~ about 9 years ago

Bridge ~ Great post, it’s always a good idea to donate blood!

Posted by Diane M. Phillips Realtor 443-286-4365, Specializing in Carroll Co., MD (Frankly Real Estate Inc.) about 9 years ago