I VANT TO SUCK YOUR BLOOD...
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!
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!
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!!
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!
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!
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 RedCross.org 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....
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