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Charity in Kaimuki, Hawaii. Give blood. It's safe. It's simple. It saves lives. Phone: 808 845-9966 - 2043 Dillingham Boulevard Honolulu, HI 96819. Blood donors report feeling a sense of great satisfaction after making their blood donation. Why? Because helping others in need just feels good. Donations by appointment only: via Blood Bank of Hawaii (use Waipahu HS (376) Requirements: ID, Mask, Good Health.

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POSITION:
Canteen Attendant – Fixed Sites & Bloodmobiles

SCHEDULE:
Shifts are varied each day with most shifts being three to four hours in length. Homes for sale in dallas tx under 200k people prefer to have a regular weekly/monthly shift while others prefer to be on call. Bloodmobiles have variable times.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The Blood Center requests that each donor remain on the premises for a minimum of 15 minutes after donation to receive refreshments and to ensure they feel fine.

The canteen attendant will be expected to:

  • create a pleasant, informal atmosphere for the donor
  • offer the donor a snack and a variety of beverages
  • watch the donor for post-donation reactions and alert staff of any difficulties

QUALIFICATIONS:
Must be a minimum of (18) years old and willing to complete the required orientation and training.

TRAINING:
Orientation and training provided by blood bank of hawaii volunteer https://www.giveapint.org/give-time/

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Join Blood Bank of Hawaii to Help Save Lives

Blood Bank of Hawaii opened in 1941 and initially served as a wartime agency. BBH remains the sole provider of a safe and reliable supply of blood, blood products and related transfusion services for Hawaii’s patients at 18 hospitals statewide. Volunteer blood donors can save up to three lives with each donation. To maintain an adequate local inventory of all blood types, 150 to 200 donors are needed daily.

In spring 2020, as the Coronavirus pandemic spread, BBH revamped its operations to secure donor and staff safety while initiating a new product and service - COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP). BBH became aware of a national clinical trial to treat hospitalized COVID-19 patients with plasma collected from recovered individuals, and wanted Hawaii’s patients to have access to this treatment.

Blood Bank of Hawaii recently launched its “Fight COVID with COVID” campaign to increase these donations. CCP remains one of the primary treatment options for hospitalized patients, and Hawaii’s recovered patients have the potential to help a current or future patient fight the virus by donating their blood plasma. Safety 1st onboard 35 infant car seat recall a token of appreciation, all CCP donors will receive a non-transferable $25 Foodland certificate.

On Oahu, Blood Bank of Hawaii welcomes donors daily at its Young Street and Dillingham Blvd. donor centers. Bloodmobiles are located in Waikele, Kapolei and Kailua, with Neighbor Island blood drives held monthly.

To learn more about blood/CCP donation or to make an appointment, please contact Blood Bank of Hawaii at (808) 848-4770 or visit bbh.org.

Follow Blood Bank of Hawaii on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @BloodBankHawaii

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The Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame recognizes individuals nationwide who have demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to blood donation. Blood centers across the country submit nominations from which 12 inductees are chosen annually based on their demonstrated commitment and passion to donating blood and/or encouraging blood donation.

Nominate A Donor

Anyone can submit a nomination and there is no limit to the number of nominations per blood center or individual. However, a person may only be inducted into the Donation Hall of Fame once. When inducted into the Fresenius Kabi Donation Hall of Fame, there are several ways an individual is recognized: At a ceremony held at their nominating blood center, they will be featured in the Fresenius Kabi Product and Donor Eligibility Dating Calendar and on this website.

Send us an email with the story of your most inspiring donor at [email protected]

Donation Hall of Fame Inductees 

Candy Yolles 

San Diego Blood Bank
San Diego, CA
 

GATHERINGS OF GIVING 

Candy Yolles has been more than a regular donor. She started in 1994 chairing drives for her work for 11 years encouraging employees to give. Then in 2008 for the past 14 years she’s been the host of her own personal drive “Candy’s Friends and Family Blood Drive” personally inviting donors and ensuring that each of them has a positive experience. And in-between her own drives, especially around holidays when there is a critical need, Candy coordinates additional group gatherings of friends and family at donation centers. When COVID-19 hit, Candy knew that patients would still be needing blood—but she also knew that donors might be hesitant. She immediately rallied a group to give, leading by example and reassuring them that they would be safe. 

To date Candy has recruited more than 100 first-time donors, many of whom she has encouraged to become regular donors—including within her own family. She has inspired her 2 sisters, nephews, niece, brother n laws, husband and her two children to give frequently. 

Whether reassuring a new donor, encouraging a regular one, or providing individual guidance to new advocates who want to coordinate blood drives of their own, Candy educates and empowers everyone she knows to help others. 

Scott Hamilton

American Red Cross
Apheresis Carolinas Region

Durham, NC

ANOTHER WAY TO SERVE

Scott Hamilton's support of the American Red Cross Blood program began with his time in the military, in the 1980’s, at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. Like his father, a veteran of World War II, he believed in service. He also shared a belief with his father that donating blood was another way to serve, so he continued to give after he left the military. 

In 2000, while working for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Scott began donating platelets. He gave every two weeks, on Thursday afternoons, and came to be appreciated for his reliability and “good veins”. A consistent Triple Donor, each of Scott’s donations has the potential to help multiple patients.

Scott’s extraordinary commitment has helped to save and improve countless lives. He retired from UNC in 2016, allowing him to spend more time with his family—especially his Granddaughter Sienna—but he still makes time for visits to the Platelet Center. His service to the community is truly unending. 

Russell Heerdt

LifeServe Blood Center
Des Moines, IA

WORK WORTH DOING

In 2001, after going through surgery for cancer, Russell Heerdt was inspired to become a blood donor. He moved to Des Moines in 2008 and, since then, has donated thirty times, giving over 6 gallons of blood. Russell understands the importance of a safe and stable community blood supply and, with his O negative blood type, is always willing to donate double red cells.

But Russell's dedication does not stop at donating blood—in 2010 Russell began volunteering his time as a driver. No matter the time of day, or night, Russell drove supplies and products to donor centers and hospital partners around the state. In addition to driving, Russell assists with odd-jobs and projects, including donor services, recruitment and even handyman! In just 11 short years, Russell has already volunteered over 4,900 hours and counting.

Russell’s impact is truly immense and he is well respected throughout the blood center and community for his commitment and work. When asked how he stays so motivated through all these years, he said, “I am enjoying my retirement volunteering here. I would rather ‘work’ like this than play golf…this gives me something to do and feel good about.”

Martha Waller 

Mississippi Blood Services
Flowood, MS

FINDING A SILVER LINING

Martha Waller became a donor because of her experience as a COVID-19 patient. She was referred as a possible COVID convalescent plasma (CCP) donor through Anderson Regional Health System in Meridian, MS. When the center team reached out and asked Martha if she would be willing to consider CCP donations, she said yes. 

Antibody tests confirmed that she was the perfect candidate for CCP, except for one major drawback. Martha lives in Waynesboro, more than a two-hour drive from Flowood, where the center was set up to do CCP donations. But she didn’t let it stop her. Martha happily presented to donate plasma 12 times in 2020—despite the four-hour round-trip drive. 

When her antibody titer count became too low to donate CCP, she asked if she could switch over to a different type of donation so that she could continue to help save lives in Mississippi. She knows there may come a time when she won’t be able to give anymore, so for now she says “I want to donate as often as l can.”

Nick Politis 

OneBlood, Inc.
Miami, FL

NOURISHING A HEALTHIER COMMUNITY

In addition to being a dedicated platelet donor himself, Nick Politis has made blood donation an integral part of his business, Mr. Green’s Produce, for over a decade. He has sponsored blood and platelet drives, each time leading the way by donating his own platelets. He encourages his staff to donate by finding fun incentives to offer them at every drive, and often sends home fresh fruits and vegetables with the center staff—as a “thank you” for the lifesaving work that they do every day.  

Just as Nick did in previous times of national crisis, like the 9/11 tragedy and many Florida hurricanes, when the COVID pandemic began he called right away to set up a platelet donation appointment. He has continued to run regular drives throughout the pandemic at his business and he continues to find the time to donate at other location in between the drives that he hosts. 

Nick recently moved his business to a new location, bringing fruits and vegetables to a community lacking access to fresh produce. Moving a business is no small task, but it didn’t stop Nick from sponsoring blood drives at his new location soon after his move. Whether building the blood supply or providing healthy food options, Nick Politis is a community business owner who makes a difference.

Lourdes Cofresi 

OneBlood, Inc.
Miami, FL

INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION 

Lourdes Cofresi is the National Honor Society Advisor at Christopher Columbus High School. For the last eight years she has also been their Blood Drive Coordinator. Twice a year she leads a committee in strategizing new ways to educate, encourage, and support potential new donors—ultimately scheduling anywhere from 60 to 120 appointments each time. Her efforts have won her OneBlood’s Coordinator of the Year.

Her commitment stems from a diagnosis in 2003 of a clotting disorder, Factor 7 deficiency, that makes her susceptible to bleeding out during surgery or trauma. Lourdes can’t donate the blood she might need someday, so she works diligently to engage those who can. 

At the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Lourdes was contacted by a Columbus alumnus who wanted to host a blood drive. Proud of the former student’s initiative and eager to make the event a success, she got permission to be on the closed school campus and then sent out emails to get donors to sign up online. With Lourdes on the team, interest and participation soared. And of course, she was the first person on site and stayed, under a tree in the hot South Florida sun, until the last donor was done. Despite the ongoing challenges of the pandemic, Lourdes went on to set up two more drives at the school last year. Under her gracious, caring, and watchful eye, each drive produced over 30 pints—and everyone participating stayed safe.  

Tim Thompson

Blood Assurance
Cartersville, GA

A CHAMPION FOR THE CAUSE

Tim Thompson has been a blood and platelet donor with Blood Assurance since 2003, personally donating over 23 gallons. During 2020, he was forced to self-quarantine due to COVID-19 exposure to ensure the safety of the blood supply. His first time back in the chair was after a long wait of a few weeks and when he sat down he said, “It feels good to be home.”

Tim was also the Capital one secured credit card limit Drive Coordinator for Chemical Products Company, promoting the drive to the 110 employees he works with and generally getting about 25% of them to participate. Since 2009, his company has collected over 1,600 units for patients in need. Even with the pandemic going on, they managed to host five blood drives in 2020. 

Tim talks about the center and blood donation everywhere he goes, wearing the Blood Assurance jacket that he earned by giving platelets 24 times in one year. He encourages his coworkers to donate platelets outside of the drives, and has recruited several of them to become regular platelet donors. He has a passion for blood donation, is a champion in his community, and his efforts as a donor and a coordinator have potentially saved thousands of lives. 

Laurie Brey

Versiti Blood Center of Illinois
Grayslake, IL

MAKING EVERY DONOR FEEL VALUED

Laurie learned of the importance of blood donation at a local community drive and was hooked immediately. She makes sure to arrange her schedule to capitalize on every single donation opportunity she can find. She currently has 36 donations under her belt and is jose cuervo gold tequila margarita loyal 4 times a year whole blood donor—even during COVID.

Wanting to continue the rewarding feeling and help those within her community, Laurie began hosting even larger blood drives, starting at her church and ultimately bringing them to her work at a large insurance company. She takes the time to contact donors personally to educate them on the value of blood donation and schedule their appointment. She always takes care of her donors on the day of the drive with treats—whether it is coffee cakes or homemade masks. Laurie has Tobias their LLC comfort dog attend many of her drives since he is such a calming force to all that love on him. She makes every drive special giving a big thank you to each donor. In 2020 her drives brought in 265 donations.

Laurie goes out of her way with extraordinary efforts to make sure local communities can benefit from her blood drive, joining the center in its diverse donor focus in 2021. She makes sure she has materials translated into Spanish, and gets support from her church, so that all potential donors know and understand how important their donation is—especially given the special blood types that many of the diverse donors in her community have.

Amy Ziegler

Vitalant
Denver, CO

DOING WHAT IT TAKES 

In 1999 Amy Ziegler, the PE Teacher at Dakota Ridge High School, began hosting blood drives. She promotes each drive herself, gets students and staff to fill out the sign-up sheet, comes in early to hang the blood drive signs all over the school, sets up the gym with tables and chairs, and meets the crew before the event starts. 

Many high schools are hesitant to allow students to be out of class to donate blood, but Amy has been an incredible liaison with her school to allow students to give during school hours. And when autopheresis devices became available for high schools to collect double red cells and plasma, Amy championed the new technology, so that students could make the most of each donation.

Though it has been difficult during the pandemic for many schools to host blood drives, Amy advocated for the importance of donations during this time, and worked with her administration to host an event on the campus. Since she couldn’t promote the drive with her usual posters she reached out to students digitally, using social media to share information and making an online sign-up sheet with all the relevant forms, including those for parental consent. No matter what else is going on, Amy wants her students to understand the importance of donating blood and helping the community.
 

Jim Abernathy

OneBlood, Inc.
Palm Harbor, FL

KEEPING OTHERS SAFE

Jim Abernathy didn’t like needles, but when he learned of a blood drive in his office building that he could go to during his lunch hour he decided to give it a try. Surprised at how smoothly it went, he became a regular donor. In 2012 he moved to Florida and found a center near his new home—and between July 2012 and March 2017, he donated a total of 15 times. 

The following month, his 12-year-old son Jackson was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma, a very rare type of cancer, the treatment for which required both whole blood and platelet transfusions on a regular basis. When Jim saw firsthand the daily need for blood, he committed to donating as often as possible. Jackson was type O- and Jim is O+, so he knew Jackson wasn't using his blood but depended on others to keep him safe—and Jim wanted to help provide that safety for the many other patients going through similar cancer treatments. This led to him donating platelets, which he has been doing most weekends for the past four years. 

Jim was a blood donor before it was personal, but now he donates in honor of his son, who passed away in April of 2020. Since Jackson was diagnosed, Jim has donated more than 76 gpa requirements for south carolina state university. Jim has donated over 20 gallons and hopes to keep going until he reaches 100.

The Ivory Family

Community Blood Center
Dayton, OH

A LEGACY OF GIVING

Mike Ivory grew up in a big Irish-Polish family, and as the youngest he was modestly gleeful on April 21, 2021 to be the fourth Ivory sibling to reach the milestone of 100 lifetime blood donations. “I’m the last of 11 children, eight boys and three girls,” said Mike. “We’re all doing it. It was something instituted by our parents, Bob and Josephine Ivory. Donating what you have—clothes, money, or blood—to those in need.” His brother Jim even remembers hurrying with his mother to the center to donate blood after the 1974 Xenia tornado, “We ended up being the first to have blood drawn.”

Jim leads blood bank of hawaii volunteer family with 304 lifetime donations, followed by Bill with 192 and Tim with 134. Eight of the surviving Ivory siblings are donors and as of August 2021 they had collectively made 887 donations. “I’m honored to be part of this family,” said Jim, who after heart surgery can no longer donate. “I always tried to get people to go.” 

Mike didn’t let the COVID-19 pandemic break his streak of donating, with four platelet and plasma donations in 2020 and more than double that number in 2021, including a COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma donation. It’s an uphill climb to catch up to his brothers in donations, but that’s a source of inspiration. “I really had that goal of 100, but I’m not going to stop,” he said. “My goal now is 200—and to find out where my brothers’ numbers are!”

Wes Wright

American Red Cross
Ashville Fixed Site 

A BIG SMILE AND A KIND HEART

Wes Wright grew up learning of the importance of blood donation from his father, a hospital administrator, and appreciates that in donating he is helping people he will never meet. He began donating platelets in 1983 in Winston Salem, and has been a loyal platelet donor in Asheville since 1992. A Senior Vice President at a bank in Asheville, Wes can be found at the center just about every other Friday, rolling up his sleeves with a smile to donate platelets. Recently, he celebrated his 100th platelet donation, but his impact at the center goes far beyond the blood he donates—he enjoys getting to know the staff and the other donors, and his kindness makes everyone’s day better when he comes in to give.

Wes is a devoted father of ten children, five of whom were adopted internationally and several of whom have special needs. He and his wife have had their hands full at home, but he still makes time to donate every other week. He keeps his appointments scheduled out as far as possible and plans to continue to give as long as he is allowed. The many lives he has saved are a testament to Wes’s unending generosity.

Marsha Asplin    

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Houston, TX                                                

ADVOCACY THAT WORKS LIKE A CHARM   

For 37 years, at least twice a month, Marsha has donated split platelets. She’s accumulated 1,375 lifetime donations — more than 170 gallons. But that’s just a small part of her contribution.

When Marsha’s not donating, she is spreading the word about blood donation as a Commit for Life volunteer. Since 2004, she’s volunteered more than 13,000 hours. Her passion and excitement make her a frequently requested team member at drives, and her leadership bank of america edd debit card activation teaching skills make her an especially effective recruiter of new volunteers and donors.

Everyone she speaks to comes away with a deep sense of the importance of blood donation and their vital role in the mission — and few can escape her charm. Once, at a drive, a donor said she was retiring and wasn’t sure what she would do with her free time. Marsha suggested volunteering, and now the two ladies can be found encouraging others to join the cause — together!
 

Andrew Azan    

American Red Cross                   
Northeast Region of Pennsylvania
Ashley, PA

AN EXPANDING CIRCLE OF DOING GOOD    

Andrew is a dedicated, long-time blood donor, but his commitment to the cause led him to building a broad and growing family of regular sponsors, donors, and volunteers in his Pennsylvania community. Seeing a need for more local events, Andrew started monthly blood drives in Northampton County across multiple locations — country clubs, community centers, and YMCAs. Andrew promotes, attends, donates and volunteers at every one of them. But he doesn’t stop there.

To celebrate everyone’s participation and energize them to continue giving — and spread the word to their families and friends — Andrew created an annual recognition program for his sponsors and his donors, held at one of his sponsor sites.

Recently, Andrew has set his sights on engaging the next generation of donors. Active in the Boy Scouts, he’s mentored an Eagle Scout and helped him start his own successful blood drives at a local fire house. Andrew proves to us all just how expansive one person’s impact can be.
 

Steven Davidson

LifeStream Blood Bank
San Bernardino, CA

FIGHT WITH ME AS A FAMILY

Steven’s battle with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia began when he was diagnosed on his 10th birthday. To pass the time while in the hospital, he and his mom created an Instagram page called Steven The Cancer Crusher to bring awareness and love to those affected by cancer. His social media following quickly grew to more than 4,500 followers offering encouragement and support.

In his hometown, Steven has become a well-known superhero and role model, creating awareness campaigns and hosting blood drives with collaborations from the local bike and lowrider community. His magnetic charm and optimism shines through even as he continues his personal battle.

His dream is to keep helping people, to keep people’s hopes high, and to give people strength and inspiration. When Steven grows up, he hopes to become a doctor or scientist and help find a cure for cancer. With his warrior’s mindset, nothing is impossible. “I may be just a kid,” Steven says, “but I’ve inspired thousands to fight with me as a family."

Wendy Ellis    

American Red Cross                                
Portland Donation Center
Portland, OR

SERVING THE WORLD THROUGH GIVING

When the Red Cross started its blood services program during World War II, Wendy’s parents signed up. Her two brothers served during the Vietnam War and became blood donors. Wendy continued the family tradition, when, as a student at Portland State College, a professor had an accident and there was a request for blood donations.

With a rare blood type, Wendy became an often-called-on donor, and gave whole blood for many years, racking up 171 donations. In 1979, when platelet donating first started, she switched over. “I could donate every two weeks!” she says. At 75, she is nearing her 500th platelet donation — continuing even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

What keeps her coming back? After college, Wendy worked for a bank in the international department. “It gave me an appreciation of the interconnectedness of our world,” she says. And donating, to her, “is a way to take that extra step for your friends or neighbors or fellow citizens. It saves lives, literally! I am still in awe of that fact.
 

Sunnie Fenk

Vitalant at Parkway Center
Pittsburgh, PA

HONORING ALL THE PATIENTS IN OUR LIVES

Sonja — “Sunnie” to her friends — started donating platelets three years ago when two close friends were diagnosed with leukemia. She was looking for a way to help. “Because of the nature of their illness,” she says, “I couldn’t do much more than send cards. When I found out about platelet donation and how they’re used for cancer patients, it was perfect. I decided I would donate regularly.”

Now she visits the center to donate every two to three weeks. She’s a cheerleader for the cause, convincing friends to donate with her as part of a lunch date or urging others, through social media, to consider giving platelets.

When Sunnie heard about her center’s idea for “platelet parties,” she jumped at the chance to be the first hostess. “I think it’s a fantastic idea. Since I started posting about the parties, I found that most people don’t know why platelets are needed, but everyone knows someone who’s had cancer. I explain to them that this is your way to honor them, by helping other cancer patients who are fighting for their lives.”
 

Elaine and Mark Fredricks    

American Red Cross                             
Salem Donation Center
Salem, OR

A COUPLE WITH LOVE ENOUGH TO SHARE

With beaming smiles, Elaine and Mark arrive at the center to donate platelets every two weeks, like clockwork. Elaine, a Certified Nursing Assistant who helps homebound patients in the community, says she’s simply paying forward the gift of 26 units she received in 2004 during her recovery from emergency surgery. Mark says he’s just doing his bit to help others.

Together, Mark and Elaine have donated more than 500 times. And with each visit, the couple brings their energy and kind words. On special occasions, like donor-appreciation events, they’ve even arrived with crocheted stuffed animals, amazon digital video credit balance products of Elaine’s crafting talent.

Mark and Elaine lift the spirits of staff, volunteers, and donors alike. They are heroes not just for their generous platelet donations, but for showing us all how to live more joyful lives.
 

John Jenkins    

OneBlood
Lake Park, FL

WHEN SELFLESS GIVING GIVES BACK

John started donating years ago after seeing a commercial on television about the need for blood. It’s not surprising, given his commitment to helping others. He volunteers at Florida’s Roosevelt Elementary School tutoring 2nd and 3rd graders and reading to 1st grade students. He works with his fraternity — Omega Psi Phi — to secure scholarships for www fitflop com usa sale seniors and on a variety of social action projects. And he assists with community outreach programs at the Kravis Center for the Performing Arts.

When John first gave blood, he was surprised to find it so easy and painless, and it soon became one of his passions. He has donated more than 550 times, and through his role as an administrator at the local community college, John champions a mobile blood drive program. But it wasn’t until his daughter needed a transfusion in 2019 that the importance of what he was doing really hit home. To know that blood was available for her made him realize that all blood donors are heroes.
 

Kris Kavelaris                  

Versiti 
Milwaukee, WI

EVERY DAY IS A NEW DAY TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE   

The accident in 1998 changed the course of his life. Kris ended up in the hospital for three months where he had four surgeries, received blood transfusions, and had to learn to walk again. The doctors and nurses – and blood donors – had saved his life.

When Kris was released, he felt he had to make a difference, and he started donating blood as a way to give back. With a rare, O-negative blood type — found in just 7 percent of the U.S. population — he’s a highly desired “universal donor” whose blood products are critical for trauma cases and emergency rooms.

Kris is a loyal blood donor, and although at retirement age, he isn’t done finding ways to help people in need. He has enrolled in Milwaukee Area Technical College’s nursing program and is passionate about spreading the message of donation. “It feels so satisfying. Ask yourself — if not me and you, then who? If not today, then when?"

Joe McDonald

San Diego Blood Bank
San Diego, CA

HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT

Joe embodies the values of a Marine – honor, courage and commitment. He’s a Vietnam veteran, a husband, father, and grandfather, and at times, even Santa Claus.

Joe joined the Marines when he was 18. In 1963, aboard the USS Springfield, he donated blood for the first time for a fellow Corps member. Since then, Joe has traveled the world, visiting 50 countries and he’s been present for historic events. Joe shook hands with John F. Kennedy two days chef jose andres miami he was elected president. Joe was in Washington DC where he witnessed Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial.

Through it all, Joe has made it a priority to support those in need, donating blood for patients and bringing joy to children and adults alike by playing Santa. It’s another tradition he developed in the Marines, when he delivered toys to an orphanage in Vietnam.

Joe plans to reach his lifetime goal of 100 gallons within a year — and, true to the Marine tradition, is letting nothing stand in his way."
 

Michael Otterman

Blood Assurance
Chattanooga, TN                             

IN HELPING OTHERS, WE HEAL OURSELVES

Mike’s connection to blood donation is deeply personal. His daughter, Simone, was diagnosed with ALL Leukemia as an infant and passed away shortly before her 2nd birthday. “During her time in treatment, she used bags of blood and platelets and I remember being so thankful of those nameless people who donated for her. Since the loss of my little girl, I’ve been giving platelets every month. Not only does it allow me time to reconnect and remember Simone, but I know the value of my blood products to other people who desperately need help.”

As CEO and President of Lodge Cast Iron, an organization with deep roots in Tennessee, Mike is also a believer in the positive impact that doing good can have on employees and communities, bringing people together, especially in times of crisis. So he’s championed blood drives at the company for years, collecting 784 units since 2009. And as COVID-19 began to pose challenges for the blood supply, Mike lent his voice to a campaign encouraging other local businesses to safely re-open their doors for donation events or join the cause for the first time.
 

Warren Pitcher                                        

LifeServe Blood Center
Des Moines, IA    

DRIVEN (AND DRIVING) TO SERVE

Warren grew up seeing his father donate blood regularly, and today he carries on the family tradition. With O+ blood, he steps up with whatever is most needed — platelets, plasma, double red cells, or whole blood — 16 gallons worth over 100 donations.

But Warren’s influence reaches well beyond the blood he donates. He has been the primary chairperson for his church’s blood drive for more than 25 years. During his tenure, Warren has touched the lives of thousands of hospital patients. He’s also one of the community’s longest-tenured and most dependable volunteer drivers — the perfect fit for someone who taught drivers education for almost 20 years. Warren has spent more than 4,000 hours transporting blood products to hospitals for transfusions, or to laboratories for processing.

When asked what keeps him going after all these years, Warren’s answer is clear: “I enjoy the people and giving back. And I know the only way patients can receive blood is through donations."
 

Rush Roberts

OneBlood
St. Petersburg, FL

FIRST IN LINE Craigslist south san jose ca HELP OTHERS

Rush has been a Hillsborough County firefighter and paramedic for almost 14 years. On the job as a first responder, he contracted COVID-19 during an emergency call.

Rush had planned to compete in an Ironman race. Instead he ended up fighting for his life. After 21 days of quarantine and emergency room visits, he finally received a negative test indicating he had won the battle. And true to his profession, his second question — after first asking when he could visit with his family again — was, “When and where can I donate convalescent plasma?"

Not surprisingly, Rush became the first donor at his center to come back and donate his second round of convalescent plasma — and to schedule his third. Despite the difficulties he’s been through, he considers himself luckier than most and wants nothing more than to help others overcome this disease.

Adair E. Andrew

American Red Cross
Asheville, North Carolina

Hitting new milestones of caring 

Adair E. Andrew, a retired high school teacher from St. Louis, Missouri, is proof that when you put your mind to something, you can do it.

Adair sets impressive goals for every activity he takes on—hiking, biking, walking, even reading. At 44, he decided to walk 44 miles to celebrate his birthday, and he did the same thing, adding a mile each year, for a decade. When he turned 55, he changed things up, joining his brother on a 965-mile cycling trip.  

Since he and his wife, Marti, moved to Asheville, North Carolina, Adair has put this same dedication towards donating platelets. He is frequently found in the donor chair, keeping up with his reading—and hitting new milestones, Adair was most recently recognized for having donated more than 700 times. 

But he hasn’t stopped there. Taking his optimism on the road, Adair became a volunteer driver. When his center needed someone to be interviewed by the local news station to get others excited about donation, he was the first to step up. With every new challenge, Adair reminds us all just how much we can do to help those in need in our communities.
 

Dexter Emoto, RN

LifeStream Blood Bank
San Bernardino, California

A nurse who goes the distance

Dexter Emoto is a blood donation marathon man – a long-distance runner and registered nurse who knows that anything worthwhile takes effort, enthusiasm, and endurance.

Dexter specializes in post-anesthesia care and recovery at Loma Linda University Health, where he sees first-hand the need for blood. It’s his job to give patients transfusions.  While many days are routine, he’s also called to serve during crises like the 2015 San Bernardino terrorist attack, which left 14 people dead and 22 seriously injured.

His patients remember his expertise, wit, and compassion. What they don’t know is that he is also a dedicated donor. For more than 40 years, Dexter has regularly donated blood and plans to continue, he says, for “as long as I am healthy and fit to do so.”

In 2018, Dexter began organizing and recruiting for blood drives on the Loma Linda campus.  The drives are now a fixture of his center’s calendar. 

Whether it’s the patients he’s helped or the donors he’s inspired to carry on his legacy of service, Dexter Emoto’s influence will be felt for many years to come. 
 

Theodore Hale 

Community Blood Center
Dayton, Ohio

Never giving up on a chance to save lives

Theodore Hale is 19 years old—a college sophomore—and he’s already banked 30 donations towards his lifetime goal of 1,000.

Whether it’s donating a gallon of blood, cycling 100 miles—or, as he did for 10 years, compete in the Ohio Special Olympics—Theo sets the bar high and says that success is about never giving fedex account number canada. “If you don’t persevere you won’t get anywhere,” he says. “Life is full of failures. You take them and learn from them.”

Theo was inspired to donate platelets by his mentor Glenn Stoops, a longtime donor. The two biked to the blood center to donate the day before Theo graduated from Fairmont High School. They were celebrating his many honors—summa cum laude and National Honor Society; the faculty award for academics, leadership and service; and being voted “Mr. Fairmont” by his classmates.

Getting to that first donation, though, wasn’t easy. Theo wanted to donate as soon as he turned 16, but he was turned away. “I kept getting deferred. Weight, blood pressure, I think it was 10 times,” he says.  But, just like with schoolwork, Theo never gave up on his chance to save lives. 
 

Peter R. Hall    

American Red Cross
Josephson Blood Donor Center
Mobile, Alabama

A generous soul and a bright spirit 

Peter Hall has spent much of his life supporting his community and church. He’s a retired teacher who worked in public schools for 30 years, first in Dayton, Ohio, and then in Mobile, Alabama.  Peter is a 17-year blood bank of hawaii volunteer of St. Pius X Catholic Church and a member of its St. Vincent DePaul society, which provides food services to those in need.  He’s also a member of the Knights of Columbus, another faith-based service organization. Peter also volunteers with the Ronald McDonald House and serves meals to their clients.

Since 1986, Peter has also donated blood. For more than three decades, he was always ready to give a pint in the hope it would help someone regain their health. So, three years ago, when asked if he would like to try making a platelet donation, he was more than happy to spend the extra time providing this lifesaving gift. Since then, he’s become a dedicated platelet donor, and has given more than 233 units. For those who know him well, it’s no surprise.  Peter is a generous soul and bright spirit who can always be counted on in times of need.  
 

Sarah Hansgate, Jillian Truesdale, and Dawn Wolf

ConnectLife
Williamsville, New York 

Giving blood gave them friendship 

Every other Saturday morning they arrive at the center at the same time.  Three ladies who have bonded over their shared commitment to saving lives through donation. 

Sarah Hansgate, Jillian Truesdale, and Dawn Wolf had each been donating platelets for several years. Though they’re all about the same age, live in the area, and in some way or another crossed path’s before, it was in the hours they were seated next to each other that their commonalities blossomed into deep friendship. 

Today these donor buddies can be found lined up in a row, laughing the time away as they share the latest stories of their daily lives—and the gift of their platelets. More often than not, the lively conversation continues well after their donations are completed, either at the center’s refreshment area or out at a local restaurant. 

Sarah, Jillian, and Dawn represent what giving back is all about. Together, this trio are not just contributing to their community, they’re helping create it. They’re a true band of heroes. 
 

Sister Damien Hinderer 

Hoxworth Blood Center
Cincinnati, Ohio

A calling to care 

Most donors have a personal reason for giving. From the beginning, Sister Damien Hinderer's has been centered in her faith. “I pray for all the people I donate for, even though I don't know who they are,” she says.  “Some place along the line, they need prayers. You care for them even though you don't know them. You know that you're helping can you trade in a bestbuy gift card for cash in some small way, maybe some large way.”

Sister Damien has been donating twice a month for close to 60 years. In 1960, she made her first donation to help a sister who had a bleeding ulcer. “They asked those of us who were novices here if we wanted to go over and I said, ‘Yeah, I will.’ Rate my professor west valley college was my first donation, and I've been giving ever since.”  

She donates triple platelets every visit, which equates to 72 lifesaving units of platelets a year. Just recently, Sister Damien was recognized for reaching the 80-gallon donation mark. When asked about her milestone donation, she smiled and said, “This vein belongs to Hoxworth,” but it really belongs to all those who have benefited from her calling to care.
 

James R. Kuhlmann 

The Donor Center at Roswell Park
Buffalo, New York

Setting a world record

For James (Jim) R. Kuhlmann, it began in 1970, when his dad was unable to keep his donation appointment. Jim went in his place and that began a nearly 50-year streak of donating platelets. “Donating was easy and I felt so good knowing I was helping someone right in my community,” he says.

Several years ago, Jim contacted the Guinness World Records to see if he might qualify for a world record. It took some time, but he did. For his total donations on record through April 2017, Jim qualified and is the current record holder in the category of most donated blood-apheresis (platelets).

“Being the world record holder is exciting, but what’s really important is knowing I’m able to help patients in need,” he says.

Today, Jim continues to donate every two weeks—either in Buffalo, New York, or between golf games in Florida, where he lives during the winter. He’s an easy-going, funny, intelligent, and determined man, who regularly encourages others to donate. 

“We all make time for what’s important to us,” Jim says, “but do we make time for what’s important blood bank of hawaii volunteer others? Nothing is more important than helping someone fight for their life.” 
 

Dawn Marisch

Versiti
Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Life-changing perspective   

 On what began as a typical summer day on June 1, 2011, Dawn Marisch found herself in an extraordinary—and life-threatening—situation. Dawn was the principal at an elementary school and her students were rehearsing for “concert day” when Dawn suddenly suffered an aneurysm. She was treated by first responders and rushed to the hospital where she had four surgeries and received a remarkable 90 units of blood, platelets and plasma over the following four days.

“It wouldn’t have mattered how great the physicians were if we didn’t have the blood that I needed,” she says.  “It was very humbling to realize how many people—how many everyday heroes—it took to save my life.”

Now a blood donor herself, Dawn is grateful for her chance to save others. As an O-negative donor—the universal blood type used in emergencies like the one she experienced—Dawn understands the impact of just one donation, not just for patients, but for their families as well. To anyone considering donation, she says “it truly is a     life-saving gift.” 
 

Steve Pringle

LifeServe Blood Center
Des Moines, Iowa

A sense of duty 

After 23 years in the Army, and 30 years working for city of Clive, Iowa, Steve Pringle decided to retire. Retirement didn’t mean relaxation, though. Steve found a new way to serve—as a blood donor and center volunteer.  

Steve first became involved with the volunteer blood donor program during his military career. He knew first-hand the importance of blood donation from his tours in Vietnam.  He happily donates whatever blood component is needed most on any given day -- whole blood, double red cells, platelets, or plasma.  He’s donated more than 63 gallons, according to LifeServe in Des Moines.

He’s also logged 4,000 volunteer hours at the center, more than anyone else in the organization during his tenure, touching almost every department with his generosity. Steve is best known for his work as a driver, transporting blood blood bank of hawaii volunteer hospitals for transfusion or to the lab for processing and delivering supplies to our various locations—always at the least desirable times and over the longest distances. 

What drives Steve to serve others with such selflessness, day in and day out? His answer is simple: “I enjoy the people, so it doesn’t feel like work at all.”
 

Jamie Stembridge

OneBlood – Tampa Kennedy
Tampa, Florida

Inspiring a community 

Jamie Stembridge doesn’t do anything halfway. Whether it’s https amazon force com conversions the most of the outdoors—camping, fishing, or four-wheeling—spending quality time with friends, family and her two pups, or advocating for those in need.

Jamie was a committee member of the non-profit Hooked on Hope, which helps breast cancer patients with financial issues during treatment, when she heard about Natalie, a local patient in need of platelets. She joined Natalie’s cause, stepping up to become a directed donor. 

When she learned that Natalie would need more than Jamie could give, she turned to social media. Jamie’s plea went viral, and the center quickly had more than 70 directed donations. Many were from people who, like Jamie, had never donated before. 

With all their generosity, and a successful bone marrow transplant, Natalie was soon able to make her own platelets. And the enthusiasm Jamie inspired has continued—the donors she brought in for Natalie still support the center today. Jamie didn’t just help increase donations; she helped build a stronger community. 
 

Marqus and Ashley Valentine

Sick Cells 

Elevating the voices of sickle cell

Diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at 6 months old, Marqus Valentine spent countless weeks of his childhood in the hospital.  He has endured strokes, acute chest syndrome, sepsis, and chronic pain.  He had to repeat grades, because he missed so much school.

Doctors said Marqus might not live past 10 years of age.  Today he is 36, thanks to blood donations and the assistance of friends and family.  He was also named a Blood Services Hero by the American Red Cross Chicago Region.

Marqus’s younger sister, Ashley, who spent her early years in gpa requirements for south carolina state university playrooms while Marqus recovered, saw first-hand how few resources were available to people with sickle cell. Ashley now holds a master’s degree in Research Methods, and advocates for improved health care coverage and treatment for sickle cell patients.  
 
Marqus and Ashley have created a not-for-profit organization called Sick Cells, which “seeks to elevate the voices of the sickle cell disease community and their stories of resilience.” Using the power of film and storytelling, Sick Cells highlights the disparities around sickle cell through personal experiences.  As a result, Marqus and his supporters are influencing decision-makers and making a difference for families.
 

Scott Zechiel

City of Hope Donor Center
Duarte, California

 

Walking alongside those who save lives

​​​​​​When Scott Zechiel was 16 he was raced to the hospital for an emergency appendectomy. During the procedure he lost so much blood, he needed six transfusions.

Scott is now a 54-year-old software engineer and a passionate blood donor. For the past 14 years he’s been thanking those who helped him by giving back. Commuting from Orange County to Duarte every two weeks, Scott has made 332 donations so far and is looking forward to his 350-donations milestone. And he’s gone one step further, registering with the “Be the Match” registry for potential bone marrow donors.

He td bank visa card customer service everybody that he lives for his donation days, “because I just enjoy them so much.” That joy shines through—Scott’s positive attitude, dedication, smile, and enthusiasm bring something special to the center every time he’s there. As a thank you he was invited on his center’s Rose Parade float. Scott was characteristically humbled by the experience, saying, “It was just the ultimate, to be alongside all these wonderful people—doctors, nurses, and such—who work to save lives every day.” 
 

Dan Porter

American Red Cross Richland Donor Center
Richland, Washington

Dan Porter first started giving blood at his place of work. For years, he saw it as another way he could give back to his community — as he does with his woodworking skills, making props and other needed items for the local dance company and other service groups.

But when two of Dan’s close friends were diagnosed with cancer, his commitment to donation became all that much more personal. He learned about the importance of platelets to cancer patients — one of his friends, with whom he spent quite a bit of time, at one point was receiving platelets on a weekly basis. Both friends have since passed away, but Dan saw how their transfusions allowed these men to go home and spend additional, precious time with their families.

Knowing that there is often a shortage, Dan now donates platelets with The American Red Cross whenever he can. Since 1993, he’s given a total of 320 units. Dan says he is a lucky man, grateful for his health, and for being able to help others in this way.

JoLynn Cunningham

MEDIC Regional Blood Center
Knoxville, Tennessee

Many years ago, when a colleague asked her to participate in a drive for his wife, JoLynn forced herself to face an extreme fear of blood and needles. Though she fainted that first time, JoLynn didn’t let it stop her. Through sheer persistence, she’s become a platelet donor who generously gives doubles and triples at each donation — although to this day she still can’t look at the needles!

JoLynn keeps to her biweekly commitment to donation, as well as organizing MEDIC drives, even though she’s an extremely busy lady. A retired professor of Child and Family Studies from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, she still mentors PhD students, supports the Children’s Defense Fund, and regularly serves as staff or sits on the boards of a number of community non-profits. A life-long music, nature, and animal lover, JoLynn has brought her passions to a myriad of other volunteer programs, from her church choir to the Knoxville Zoo. Yet JoLynn has selflessly scheduled all of these activities, as well as elective surgeries, trips out of the country, and day-to-day living, to maintain her platelet schedule, completing more than 400 procedures since 1999.

For everything she’s done for others, JoLynn has twice been honored as recipient of the UT National Alumni Association Public Service Award. She does truly live the spirit of Tennessee — the Volunteer State — and the Torchbearer statue that shines over the UT community, in providing leadership and service that improves the world around her.

Lauren McCrary

Carter BloodCare
Bedford, Texas

Lauren McCrary knows first-hand how important it is for blood to be on the shelf for those in need, especially cancer patients. Ten years ago, she was diagnosed with acute myeloid Leukemia. After a tough battle, and many units of blood products along the way, Lauren received a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor. Lauren eventually got to meet him, a firefighter from Seattle named Patrick. They’ve since become life-long friends, and Lauren has become a vocal advocate of blood and marrow donation.

In 2012, in addition to her duties as library aide and student council sponsor at Castleberry High School in Ft. Worth, Texas, Lauren took on the role of the school’s blood drive coordinator. She actively encourages all students and faculty to donate whole blood and if possible, platelets, plasma or red cells — and to sign up for the bone marrow registry. With Lauren at the helm, the school has donated more than 400 units to the community supply. For Lauren, it’s a way to pay forward the lifesaving generosity that she had been so lucky to receive

Keith Olson

American Red Cross
Bend, Oregon

Keith Olson is a newcomer to platelet donation, having started with the American Red Cross in Bend, Oregon last year, after a whole blood staff member encouraged him to try it at a blood drive out of town. Keith’s wife had received chemotherapy, and platelet donation seemed like an positive way to honor of his wife.

Despite a busy schedule — Keith has a sports equipment manufacturing company, raises steer on his ranch, announces rodeos in 10 states and 2 provinces in Canada, and always makes time for family, including his son and young granddaughter, who live with him on his ranch — he is now a regular platelet donor, coming in to the center once a month. His commitment to platelet donation is no surprise — as a member of the clergy and a volunteer for Beulah’s Place, an organization that helps get homeless girls off the street, Keith is well-known for making time to help others. But he gives the credit to being self-employed, which, “gives me the flexibility to give back that others might not have.”

William O’Hara

Central Blood Bank
Monroeville, Pennsylvania

When William O’Hara started donating blood 35 years ago, he never imagined he’d be marking his 500th donation, but that’s just what he did on May 20, 2018 at Central Blood Bank’s Monroeville center. “When I started, I figured maybe I’d reach 100, 150. Every time I hit another 100 marker, I tell the team, this might be it. They assure me I’ll be around until 600. If I can, I will,” says Mr. O’Hara, 70, a U.S. Navy veteran and retired engineer.

Mr. O’Hara originally was a whole blood donor. But about 20 years ago, a coworker mentioned that he donated platelets. “He said it takes a little longer, but encouraged me to try it.” Mr. O’Hara liked the idea that his platelet donations help cancer patients, and it became a habit he’s happy to stick with. “They really go to someone who needs it.”

To this day, a personal thank-you from years ago remains a powerful inspiration. “The first Christmas after I started donating platelets, I got a Christmas card from a family whose child was receiving platelets. That really made it hit home.”

Valerie Alpizar

One Blood
Deland, Florida

A nurse by training — first in oncology and now in home health — Valerie Alpizar has always been well aware of the importance of donating. She first became a whole blood donor when she was in college, then switched to platelets 20 years ago, for a friend who had cancer.

Valerie is now a dedicated platelet donor. She donates a triple product every other week, as many times as she can. She’s currently working towards her next milestone — 30 gallons! To the One Blood team, Valerie is more than just a donor — she’s part of the family. And her positive attitude, warm demeanor, and friendly disposition bring some extra sunshine to the Deland branch, every time she comes in.

James and Peter Cole

Vitalant (formerly BloodSource)
Folsom, California

Peter Cole was familiar with blood donation long before he was able to participate, having tagged along whenever his dad, James Cole, gave blood. James’s weekly donations were an inspiration to everyone whose path he crossed. So it was no surprise that when Peter turned 16, he was ready to lend an arm, starting a family tradition —and a friendly, but fierce, competition — that has continued for nearly two decades.

Peter and James’ good-natured ribbing spurs them on to keep blood donation at the top of their to-do lists. They have responded to the call to give, often going in together, regardless of what is needed on any given day — whole blood, red cells, platelets, and plasma both for transfusion and for plasma-based medicine. Together they have donated a staggering total of 2,375 times, with James meeting the milestone achievement of 1,000 donations and Peter of 1,300 donations early in 2018. And Peter has recently upped the game by becoming a volunteer at BloodSource centers. The willingness of this father-son team to help blood bank of hawaii volunteer any way, along with good humor and easy laughter, bring smiles to staff and donors alike.

Jim McCullough

LifeServe Blood Center
Des Moines, Iowa

Jim McCullough became a blood donor when he joined the ROTC in college, continuing through his time with the Iowa Ulta beauty store near me Guard and 37 years in the Army. When he retired as a Colonel in 2001, he became a volunteer driver for LifeServe Blood Center. Along with his wife Pat, he’s put in thousands of hours picking up blood from local drives for processing and testing.

When Jim started donating blood, it was because he wanted to do something for others — patients he would likely never know. But over the years, he’s been personally connected to a few of those who have benefited from his generosity — a good friend living with leukemia and his own brother-in-law, who was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis. Jim saw first-hand how transfusions helped them come back to life and enjoy usual activities again. It’s been added incentive to keep rolling up his sleeves, giving blood and getting out on the road.

Beyond his work with LifeServe, Jim is an unsung hero for veterans, volunteering at the Iowa Veterans Hospital and for the Iowa Military Gold Star Museum.

Olivia Shorter and Family

American Red Cross
Greater Chicago and Northern Illinois Region

Olivia Shorter was diagnosed with sickle cell disease when she was just 7 days old. While her condition can be managed, it requires medical care and regular blood transfusions — Olivia receives one as peggy captain america as every two weeks.

When Olivia was asked what she wanted for her seventh birthday, instead of asking for a gift, she replied, “I want to have a party for kids just like me.” And, as her mom, Danielle has said, “You can’t say no to that!” So, with the help of her parents, older brothers, and a host of family and friends, the first Sickle Cell Awareness party was held in September of 2017. Olivia recalls the day saying, “A american heritage federal credit union member login of people came and donated blood, and a lot of kids had fun. And grownups too.” Danielle agrees that it was a great success, and truly inspiring that so many came to lend their support. “It was humbling. I’m so grateful. And I guess we’ll have to do it again!” The second annual party will be held in September 2018 — as September is not just Olivia’s birthday month, it’s also South carolina bank and trust online banking Cell Awareness Month.

Andy Decker

SunCoast Blood Bank
Sarasota, Florida

For more than a decade at Suncoast in Sarasota, Florida, and before that, for many years at a center in New Jersey, Andy Decker has been giving the gift of platelets every two weeks, rain or shine. He’s one of those special people who make recruiters’ jobs so easy and rewarding. More often than not he calls in before they can reach out to him, and his first words on the phone are always, “When do you need me?”

Andy didn’t even let his own health issue interrupt his regular donation schedule for longer than it absolutely had to. About 18 months ago, Andy was diagnosed with cancer. Thankfully, his treatments were successful. Andy waited through his one year mandatory deferral, then called the center to set up his next appointment — on the very day that he became eligible to donate. Since then, just like always, he’s been going in every two weeks, right on the dot.

Donors like Andy don’t come back again and again because they feel obligated to — they donate because they have an unconditional love for humanity. Andy brings that with him every time he walks through the center’s door.

Pat Yahnke

Nebraska Community Blood Bank
Lincoln, Nebraska

Pat Yahnke was inspired sixteen years ago to donate blood because of her husband, Ken, a long-time donor. A dedicated supporter of the American Cancer Society — she often drives cancer patients to their medical appointments — Pat recognized that blood donation was another way she could help them.

Today, Pat is an avid double-red cell donor as well as an important part of the Nebraska Community Blood Bank (NCBB) volunteer team, serving in the donor center canteen and at blood drives. Pat loves working with midland tour slc collections team and meeting new people, especially first time donors who might be a little nervous. With Pat greeting them right after their donation, donors can’t help but feel like heroes. Pat is humble about all that she does, saying, “I just talk to people and hopefully make their blood donation journey a little more enjoyable.” Her warmth, helpful attitude, and fun personality undoubtedly do!

Dustin Guillermo

Blood Bank of Hawaii
Honolulu, Hawaii

15 years ago Dustin Guillermo took a phone call for his coworker from the Blood Bank of Hawaii. His colleague — a donor on the center’s Wall of Fame — inspired Dustin’s first donation. It was then that he realized how important blood donors had been in his own life — they had ensured supply was there for his grandfather, who often needed transfusions after weekly dialysis treatments.

Today, Dustin, a universal donor, is regularly at the center. He recently donated his 88th unit of whole blood and is well on become a double-century donor. But beyond that, Dustin has become a donation champion, actively recruiting family and friends through social media (and even strangers driving behind him, as his license plates read “DN8 BLD” and “GIV BLD”). He once noticed a friend on Facebook posting about donation. Dustin thanked her and asked, “What made you donate blood?” Her response was, “You.” She explained that his posts and passion really touched and inspired her to do her part to save lives.

With a new generation of donors like Dustin, the nation’s patients are in good hands.

Jeremy K Evans

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Woodland Hills Donor Center
Woodland Hills, CA
 

Jeremy started donating with the American Red Cross in 2004, as a student at Hollywood High School. He was soon introduced to the world of apheresis donation, and has become a passionate, committed, and much-valued blood donor. To date, Jeremy has given a total of 500 plus units.

Jeremy’s dedication to serving his community and country extends far beyond blood donation. He's currently a Medical Dispatcher/EMT for Air St. Luke's in Boise, Idaho, a Cal Fire wildland firefight hand crew, an EMT and 911 Dispatcher for McCormick Ambulance for LA County, a Disaster Service EMT volunteer for the City of Torrance, and, in September, will be deployed as an Army Medic Healthcare Specialist for the California Army National Guard. But he never lets this difficult work keep him from donating — Jeremy has been known to come to the center after a 48-hour shift as an EMT to continue the mission of saving lives.

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Thomas Van-Dorn

Thomas Van-Dorn

American Red Cross
Fullerton Donor Center
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Mr. Van-Dorn started donating whole blood in 1987, and became a platelet donor ten years later. He knows the importance of platelet donations first-hand, as his son died at an early age after having received many platelet transfusions. Since then, Mr. Van-Dorn has donated in his memory.

Blood donation is far from Mr. Van-Dorn’s only contribution to the community. He has worked for The City of Azusa in California as a Community Improvement Inspector for the Business License Division for 8 years. He is active in the church, and also in the arts, participating in many local musicals, barbershop quartets, and choirs — in fact it was through The Second Generation Choir that he met his wife 33 years ago.

Still, Mr. Van-Dorn never lets anything else get in the way of his support for blood donation. Not only has he never missed an appointment, he will not travel to any deferral area, because of his commitment to the apheresis program. In July 2016, Mr. Van-Dorn gave his 900th donation, and set a new, inspiring goal: reach 1,000 units by early 2018.

Felix Lilly

Felix Lilly

American Red Cross
Portland Donor Center
Portland, OR

Felix’s journey as a platelet donor began in 2007. He was 10 years old and fell out of a tree breaking his wrist and femur, which snapped in half. When he became aware of the blood and platelet donations he needed to heal, he began to understand how important it was that people give blood. For the next six years, Felix talked about how he couldn’t wait to be old enough to donate so that others in need would have the blood and platelets that were available to him.

In 2014 Felix started donating platelets — a triple every two weeks and 24 times in a rolling calendar year. To date, he’s given more than 183 units of platelets.  

When asked why he donates, his answer is inspiring. “I do it because I know I’m helping save the lives of cancer patients, burn victims, and anyone else who needs platelets to survive. I do it for the young kids with chronic diseases so they have a chance to thrive as adults.” It’s that passion that makes Felix a true platelet Super Hero.

Joshua Ford

Joshua Ford

American Red Cross
Durham Blood Donation Center Durham, NC

Joshua became a donor when he was 18 and has been a very regular donor for 10 years now. Joshua drives about an hour each direction to come to the center, but he always arrives with a big smile and a basket of fresh, homemade baked goods for the staff — and everything he bakes is delicious.

Joshua jumped in to help with recruiting donors on a big drive at North Carolina State University, as he can’t understand why there isn’t more participation from young donors. When asked why he became a donor himself, as a young man, Joshua’s response is simple. “It was the right thing to do to help save lives,” he says.

Joshua was recently selected as a bone marrow match for a patient, and happily agreed to donate. His only concern was that he would have to skip a few platelet donations in preparation for the procedure. It’s just one more wonderful way Joshua is an inspiration to the many young people in our communities who believe that helping others is a priority in life.

Thane Hill

Thane Hill

Bonfils Blood Center
Denver, CO

Thane is more than an amazing teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, he’s also their blood donation champion. Through his leadership, the school has ranked number one out of more than 100 high schools who hold blood drives in the state, year after year, for the largest blood drives and most blood collected. His efforts have resulted in more than 3,200 units collected and more than 9,500 lives saved. Equally important, they have provided a means for many to help heal their community, even years after the school’s devastating tragedy.

Through education and innovative programs, Thane has inspired and enabled students to give as much as possible. He created the first-ever Colorado High School/Alumni Summer Blood Drive, bringing together school alumni and thelocal community during months that are difficult for blood centers, and he is developing the Gallon Donor Award, to celebrate those who donate at least three times each year. Thane’s enthusiasm and ideas have spread well beyond Columbine, and he is now a sought-after source of advice for other school leaders interested in engaging today’s youth in the life-saving mission of blood donation.

Lisa Truitt

Lisa Truitt

Carter BloodCare
Bedford, TX

Lisa has been hosting blood drives for more than nine years. To date, she has helped collect more than 500 units of blood and saved more than 1,500 lives.

Her passion emerged after her own need for a roslyn savings bank east meadow transfusion and first took form in the annual blood drive she runs at her office at ERA Colonial Real Estate. She’s grown the drive from one bus and 20 units collected, to two buses and 50 units collected. To ensure her events are successful, she’s been known to encourage potential donors to eat iron-rich foods by making them her “secret recipe” spinach salad.

In September 2013, tragedy struck when her son, Will Truitt passed away after a motorcycle accident. To honor him, she started hosting two more drives each year: The Will Truitt Memorial Blood Drives, held in May on Mother’s Day weekend and in September during Labor Day week. She also began Motorcycles, Moms and Me, a non-profit bringing everyone together to promote both blood donation and motorcycle safety. 

Lisa Truitt was honored by Carter BloodCare as the 2016 Circle of Life recipient for her steadfast support of their community blood program.

Susan Leugers

Susan Leugers     

Community Blood Center
Dayton, OH

Susan was a dedicated blood donor before she lost her daughter Chelsea Lukey to cancer in 2010. It was one of the things Chelsea was most proud of about her mom, and something she wished she could do too.

So, six years after Chelsea’s death, Susan decided to launch a blood drive in Chelsea's honor in their small town of Botkins, Ohio. At the first Chelsea Lukey Memorial Blood Drive, held in July 2016, 76 donors participated, including 34 first-time donors. One of newcomers was Chelsea’s own brother, Nathan.

Based on her success, Community Blood Center asked Susan if she could hold her second annual drive just six months later, to help boost blood collections during the challenging holiday season. She readily agreed. It resulted in increased participation, with 91 donors, including 16 first-timers, and hit 115 percent of the collection goal.

“I’m passionate about being a blood donor, and it was the obvious thing to do in Chelsea’s honor,” said Susan, who has donated more than 130 times. Her passion has now become an inspiration for the whole Botkins community.

Josh Beard

Josh Beard

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center
Davenport, IA

Following the example of his mother and his brother, Josh Beard began donating blood in 2009. But in 2014, Josh experienced first-hand the importance of giving. He and his wife, Chelsea, saw their first son, Milo, struggle with the effects of Rh disease. Milo received a blood transfusion just days after his birth.

In 2016, after multiple consultations and tests, Josh and Chelsea found out their second child would face the same complications as Milo. At just 23 weeks, the baby received an in-utero blood transfusion. Four more in-utero transfusions later, the Beards welcomed another son, Brooks.

Milo and Brooks are now happy and healthy, growing boys, but without the generous donations of volunteer donors, the Beard brothers would not have survived. So, Josh gives back to those who gave for his family, every 56 days. In addition, the Beard family hosts a blood drive thoughtfully named “The Beard Brothers Give Back,” in an effort to thank donors and replenish all they have used and more.

Bobby Daquara

Bobby Daquara

New York Blood Center
Brooklyn, NY

Bobby Daquara has been committed to blood donation for a very long time. The Green House Café, a Brooklyn, New York restaurant owned by Bobby, and his partner, John Jose cuervo red sangria margarita, has been the site of blood drives since 2009.

In February 2013, Bobby and his wife lost their daughter, Haley, to leukemia. She was just 10 years old. After Blood bank of hawaii volunteer died, the drive was renamed Haley’s Comets in her honor and significantly expanded. Along with their team, they now run blood drives seven times a year, including in the critical, high-demand months of July and December.

In the eight years he’s been running blood drives, Bobby has supported the community by collecting more than 1,700 donations.

Bob Grant

Bob Grant

Oklahoma Blood Institute
Oklahoma City, OK

Mr. Grant has been giving blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute for its entire four decades. Mr. Grant first started giving blood when he learned about a little girl who was born with a life-threatening kidney disease. Since then, he’s made it his mission to donate every chance he gets.  And when Mr. Americas best wings golden ring sets his mind on a goal, he meets it. At 82 years old, he became the oldest graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma.

Now, at age 85, Mr. Grant has a friend drive him to give platelets every other Friday.  His eyesight is deteriorating, but he’s still going strong.  Mr. Grant has given nearly 70 gallons of blood, adding up to more than 550 platelet and blood donations. He says giving blood has helped him conquer alcoholism and cope with the death of his wife.

A character in every sense of the word, Mr. Grant loves to share the life-saving power of blood donation with others.

“One, you get a $400 physical!  Two, it’s good for your system: you rebuild your blood.  And, three, you save somebody’s life! What a combination of things to do!” says Mr. Grant. “Doesn’t cost anything, just takes a little bit of time, and I’ve got time.”

Dwayne Hutcheson

Dwayne Hutcheson

OneBlood
Titusville Donor Center
Titusville, FL

Dwayne started donating whole blood at 18 years old, when his father talked with him about the importance of blood donors. After realizing the value of his rare blood type, AB+, he started actively donating platelets and plasma.

Dwayne has worked at Kennedy Space Center for over 20 years in Titusville, Florida, where he was raised. In his spare time has set up many blood drives at local churches and volunteers on those drives to help recruit future donors. He enjoys preaching about the importance of blood donation. He likes to remind people that “blood doesn’t grow on trees” and that following accidents or illness, donations can be the thing that “helps people survive, to be with their families.” He believes he has encouraged more than 1,000 people to become donors over the years.

Dwayne is now 44 years old, and has donated more than 133 gallons of blood, platelets and plasma. Dwayne always donates the maximum amount he can in a year, because, as he says, “it’s more important to give than receive”.

George Soper

George Soper

OneBlood
Rockledge Donor Center
Rockledge, FL

George originally started donating blood when he was just 20 years old, at the start of his 23-year career in the U.S. Navy. Whenever there was an appeal for donors, George was ready and willing to serve.

Since his service in the military, George has retired again, from 15 years as a science teacher at Satellite High School in Satellite Beach, Florida. Though he remains actively involved in many school activities, helping out with the drama club and the volleyball, basketball, and softball teams at Satellite High and Eastern Florida State College, he still finds time to donate platelets every 2 weeks, 24 times a year.

According to George, the best part of donating is, “knowing that it’s helping people, and working with the people at the blood bank, because their commitment to healing others is so uplifting”. Over the span of 26 years, he’s donated a total of 141 gallons of blood — helping to save approximately 3,384 lives in the process. George is truly a hero, and admired by many in his dedication to the cause.

E-I Sellon

In Memoriam

E-I Sellon

Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine

E-I, a handsome golden retriever, was rescued in 2010 and in turn helped rescue other dogs from ill health through the canine blood donor program at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Over 6 years, right up until he passed away this spring at age 9, he gave 26 times, helping to save approximately 70 other dogs. He was always friendly, happy, and excited to donate —and gave great high fives. An inspiration to his fellow four-legged and two-legged human friends, E-I will be much missed. 

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Shaun M. Brennan

American Red Cross Donor Center
Jonesboro, Arkansas

Every year, for the last four years, Shaun Brennan has donated plasma or platelets on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day – what he calls his “Grand Slam Donation Milestone.” He regularly drives more than 170 miles round trip from his home in Tennessee to donate platelets with the Red Cross in Jonesboro, Arkansas. “It’s the easiest 170 miles I ever drive, because it’s all about saving lives,” he says. In all, Brennan has made more than 400 donations of platelets and plasma, enabling lifesaving therapies for patients across the country. His consistency and dedication as a platelet and plasma donor is exceeded only by his record streak of running nearly 1,400 consecutive days without missing a day. Whether it is dedication to fitness or to saving lives, Brennan is considered by everyone who knows him to be a humanitarian who inspires others through his generosity and commitment to helping others.

Wendell Clark

Wendell Clark

Community Blood Center
Dayton, Ohio

Wendell Clark was Community Blood Center’s top all-time blood donor, having made 608 donations, when he learned he had prostate cancer. The cancer was treatable with surgery, and it meant Clark had to wait at least two years before being allowed to donate again. “His first thought when he learned he had cancer wasn’t about himself,” says Mark Pompilio, who works for Community Blood Center. “It was, ‘I can’t donate.’” Clark beat the cancer. And nearly two years to the minute after his surgery he was back at the Community Blood Center in Dayton, Ohio, making his regular donation of platelets and plasma. His dedication has made him a local media celebrity, which allows him to get out the message of the importance of blood donation. “This is Day One,” Clark said of his amazing comeback. Today, he continues to be Community Blood Center’s top donor and is confident he can resume his schedule of more than 30 donations a year.

Ann Farmer

Ann Farmer

Carter BloodCare
Bedford, Texas 

Ann Farmer is well aware of the vital role blood donation plays in health care. Her father was a surgeon and her brother and son are surgeons today. But it was her husband’s death in 2015 that motivated her to lead a very successful blood and organ donation drive, across seven locations simultaneously. Dubbed the “Big Give,” this single drive collected 167 units of blood. Farmer recently retired as community resource coordinator for Tarrant County, Texas, and the Big Give has become an annual event. It provides a lasting legacy to Farmer, who worked for years with Carter BloodCare to coordinate quarterly blood drives across multiple county locations, from a county court building to a car-repair barn. At drives like these, Tarrant County employees have donated more than 3,000 units of blood to date. “Ann also coordinated the county United Way campaign, worked with the local food bank and other community activities,” says Colleen Horan, field recruitment consultant for Carter BloodCare. “But the blood center was nearest and dearest to her heart. She really understands the importance of a safe blood supply.”

Ina Hubbard Heidemann

Ina Hubbard Heidemann

LifeServe Blood Center
Des Moines, Iowa

Ina Hubbard-Heidemann is a sixth-grade teacher and grandmother who sets an example for her students and family by how she lives and serves in her community. Hubbard-Heidemann began donating blood in the 1960s and continues to this day. She has been a blood center volunteer at LifeServe Blood Center in Des Moines, Iowa, since 2011. Last year, she volunteered nearly 200 hours, delivering supplies and picking up blood from two area donor centers each week and returning them to the main location for processing and testing. She often brings along one of her grandchildren to help load the vehicle and to keep her company on the trips. In the classroom, Hubbard-Heidemann teaches about blood types as part of her science and math curriculum. Last year, she won a grant to take her class on a service trip and tour of LifeServe Blood Center. Hubbard-Heidemann says it’s important to start teaching students early on about the importance of giving back and respecting our resources.

Ed Hunt

Ed Hunt

BloodSource – Granite Bay
Granite Bay, California

Ed Hunt donates blood regularly and also volunteers at his community BloodSource blood center. For the last 11 years, he has also assisted on mobile blood drives and signed up donors for the national bone marrow registry. He has donated whole blood and source plasma more than 200 times. Currently serving with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, an organization that coordinates with American Red Cross Disaster Services, Ed has volunteered to help victims of six major disasters, including Hurricanes Sandy and Isaac, and is always on call to provide disaster relief. He has traveled to Central America on behalf of Living Water International to bring clean water to communities where such resources are scarce and looks forward to future international trips to help others. “Whatever your passion, interest or capabilities,” Hunt says. “There’s a service organization that can use your help as a volunteer.”

Tammie Klein

Tammie Klein

Carter BloodCare
Bedford, Texas 

Tammie Klein wants every citizen of Alvord, Texas – population 1,334 – to donate blood, and she’s well on her way to achieving her goal. As blood drive coordinator for Alvord Elementary School, she was in a perfect position to start with Alvord’s youngest generation. In conjunction with Carter BloodCare, Klein started the Junior Leaders program at her school. The program teaches students who are too young to donate blood themselves the importance of blood donation and its impact on the community. They learn how to organize a blood drive, manage an education and awareness campaign, and encourage their parents, teachers and neighbors to donate blood. In just two years, the Junior Leaders Blood Drive at Alvord Elementary School grew from collecting 100 units to collecting 168 units. Its success led surrounding schools to get on board, resulting in collecting nearly 1,000 units during the 2015/16 school year. Klein also donates her time at the blood drives – from babysitting children so parents can donate to recruiting support from local businesses.

Hanna Malak

Hanna Malak

The Oakland Blood Center
Oakland, California

As a child, Hanna Malak’s younger brother was diagnosed with leukemia. A cancer of the blood-forming tissues, leukemia weakens the body’s ability to fight infection. Thankfully, Hanna’s brother beat his fight against cancer, but that experience spurred Malak to dedicate himself to the treatment and prevention of childhood cancers. Transfusions of whole blood, platelets and other blood components, along with bone marrow and stem cell transplants, are important in the treatment of leukemia patients. Malak began donating blood as soon as he was able, in 2010, starting with whole blood and switching to platelets in 2012. He has since donated platelets about 80 times. Malak recruits others to donate blood and blood components and volunteers at Camp Okizu, which supports families of children with childhood cancers. His dedication has been described as “off the charts” and he has been an inspiration to others to give the gift of life.

Patrick Mcdonald

Patrick McDonald

Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Houston, Texas

Patrick McDonald began donating in 1974. He recently made his 831st donation, passing the 100-gallon mark. Between donations, McDonald also volunteers at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Pasadena, Texas location. He helps host quarterly blood drives that yield more life-saving blood components. “He recognizes the magnitude that donating blood has on lives throughout the world,” says Brian Gannon, CEO. “Helping people is part of Patrick’s DNA.” Even when he’s not donating or helping with a blood drive, McDonald shows up to help blood center staff restock supplies and other tasks so they can provide care to donors. McDonald says donating blood and encouraging others to do so is one way he tries to “leave my mark on the world.” Given all the lives he’s helped save, it’s fair to say he has done so already.

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Dick “Paco” Newman

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Pheresis Center
St. Louis, Missouri

Dick Newman, better known as “Paco” by all who know and love him, has been donating platelets at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis for more than 15 years. He has donated platelets more than 280 times, and recruits others to join him. Despite working full time at a school, he makes time to drive the two hours to donate platelets because he knows platelets save lives. At the hospital, Newman regularly regales staff and donors with stories about his work and life of service. “At his school, they celebrate Paco Day on his birthday because the kids love him so much,” says nurse Mary King. “They all wear bib overalls and a red bandana, which is his signature outfit.” In addition to donating blood, Newman rescues dogs and plays Santa Claus each year on Christmas Day for lower-income families. “Heart of Gold” is how those who know Newman describe him. He is more than a dedicated platelet donor. He is dedicated to saving lives.

Garland Slayton

Garland L. Slayton

American Red Cross
Carolinas Region 

Some people make the world a better place simply with their presence. Garland L. Slayton is one of them, according to the staff at American Red Cross Blood Services in Durham, NC, where Slayton has donated blood for “longer than Create free t shirt design online can remember.” Slayton, who is 88, is now a regular platelet donor. But it’s not just his donations that make him so loved by his blood center staff. “It’s Garland’s incredible attitude,” says Mary Spradlin, Apheresis Team Supervisor. “No one can recall a time when he was ever in a bad mood.” Slayton drives an hour each way from his home in Danville, Virginia, to donate. He always has a smile and hug for staff when he arrives. And he often brings gifts like hot biscuits, flowers and candy. Throw in his sense of humor, caring attitude and positive outlook on life and there isn’t a person Garland meets who doesn’t want to be just like him when they “grow up.”

Bill Williams

Bill Williams

American Red Cross
Omaha, Nebraska

William “Bill” Williams has donated more than 1,000 units of platelets. Between donations he volunteers his time to the Honor Flight Network, which honors American veterans, especially those who served in World War II. Williams donates platelets because of the lives he knows he’s helping to save, whether they are cancer patients, burn victims or bone-marrow transplant recipients. Through the Honor Flight Network, Williams helps coordinate charter flights for veterans to Washington D.C. to visit and reflect at their memorials. The organization gives first priority to World War II veterans given their age and difficulty in making the trip themselves. Since organizing its first flight in May 2005, the Honor Flight Network has brought more than 100,000 veterans from almost all 50 states to see their memorials. Veterans, perhaps more than others, understand the meaning of sacrifice and the vital importance of blood donation. Williams, in his commitment to service, is helping honor and support veterans and patients, making their lives – and those of their families – better at the same time.

G. Ronald Clements

G. Ronald Clements

NIH Blood Bank
Bethseda, Maryland

G. Ron Clements lives his life in service to others. After retiring in 1984 with 24 years as a police officer, Ron went on to provide 21 years of combined military service in the District of Columbia Air National Guard and Maryland Army National Guard. He also served as a volunteer firefighter. During this time he also found time to amass hundreds of blood and platelet donations at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Blood Bank. Mr. Clements is an avid wood sculptor and creates wooden toys to entertain young patients at the The Children’s Inn at NIH, which provides a residential “Place Like Home’’ for families with children participating in leading-edge research studies at the NIH in Bethesda, Maryland.

Robert Cline

Robert L. Cline

American Red Cross
Miami, Oklahoma

Robert Cline is dedicated to helping the people of Miami, Oklahoma. He is a regular blood donor and has donated countless volunteer service hours to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and the First United Methodist Church. Robert is also a member of the American Legion Honor Guard, which is dedicated to honoring fallen veterans at their funeral services. In addition to all of these activities, Mr. Cline also finds the time to remain an avid bee keeper – and he volunteers to help other bee keepers in the area keep their hives active.

Dick Coffee

Dick Coffee

American Red Cross Josephson Donor Center
Mobile, Alabama

Dick Coffee has been a dedicated blood donor for more than 25 years. He also volunteers at the American Red Cross disaster relief office and has a reputation for going above and beyond when helping people in need. Mr. Coffee is affectionately referred to as “Mr. Red Cross” in his community. At 80, Mr. Coffee lights up the room for the staff and other donors when he walks in to the blood center. He always has a smile and is always happy to help.

Brooke Hall

Brooke Hall

Rex Blood Services
Raleigh, North Carolina

Brooke Hall is driven to help others. She is a platelet donor, a member of the national Bone Marrow Registry and has shaved her head to raise money for childhood cancer research. Brooke brightens the days of those around her through her positive outlook, her smile and by sharing inspirational quotes from Dr. Seuss. After her graduation from UNC-Chapel Hill, Brooke will pursue a career in nursing. One of her favorite Dr. Seuss quotes is “Today I shall behave as if this is the day I will be remembered.”

Daniel Long

Daniel Long

Carter BloodCare
Bedford, Texas

Daniel Long is dedicated to helping his community. He is active with numerous Rotary Clubs in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has helped champion many successful blood drives. He is also active in his support of the Battle of the Badges - blood drives where police and fire departments compete to see which can encourage the most people to give blood. Daniel also can be found volunteering at local college blood drives. Daniel works hard to share the message of the need for blood donors. In doing so, he exemplifies the What is the routing number for renasant bank International motto of "Service above self.”

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Children’s Hospital Colorado
Blood Donor Center

Paul Miller is a platelet donor who strives to achieve 24 donations each year. Paul is also an incredible advocate for blood donation in the community. Ed edd n eddy official website speaks about the importance of blood donation at local businesses and community events, and promotes blood donation through the use of social media. Paul is an advocate for the fight to cure childhood cancer and works with groups such as the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to promote childhood cancer awareness. He is a giving man, both with his time and efforts to serve his community.

James Querry

James Querry

Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania & Western New York

James Querry is a leader for college blood drives at Mansfield university. He has planned and executed numerous drives, and is always the first to show up the morning of a drive and one of the last to leave. He recruits new donors, helps with refreshments, holds the hand of first time donors, promotes drives via social media, and donates blood himself. Because of his leadership, Community Blood Bank has instituted a Best Practice program and shares examples of his dedication at colleges and universities throughout Northwest Pennsylvania and Western New York.

Kayla Ripplinger

Kayla Ripplinger

American Red Cross Portland Platelet Donation Center

Kayla Ripplinger has lost loved ones to cancer and tragic accidents. As a result, she was determined to find ways to help others in need and make a difference. Kayla became a blood donor and advocate for blood donation. She coordinated blood drives at her work. When she learned she has a high platelet count, she focused on donating platelets and inspiring others to do so as well. Kayla recruited her friends and created a club called Priceless Platelets that makes regular trips to donate in groups. She wants to reach as many people as possible with the message on the constant need for platelets. For patients in need, Kayla's efforts are a priceless gift.

Larry Smith

Larry Smith

Community Blood Center
Dayton, Ohio

Larry Smith has been blind from birth and he spent his early childhood in an orphanage fighting illness. He struggled with his grades at the school for the blind until he met the “Angel” of his life, a house mother named Indus Disbennett. Disbennett helped Larry improve his health and inspired him to dedicate his life to helping others. Larry is a regular blood donor. Even a snowstorm could not keep him from his annual tradition of donating the day after Christmas.

Walt Swenson

Walter Swenson

United Blood Services
Rapid City, South Dakota

Walt Swenson began driving for United Blood Services in 1988. Since then he has made more than 6,500 trips and spent nearly 25,000 hours behind the wheel delivering lifesaving blood products to hospitals, throughout Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska. Soon Mr. Swenson will achieve the milestone of driving one million miles to help patients in need.

Ralph Vaughan

Ralph Vaughan

ARUP Blood Services
Sandy, Utah

Ralph Vaughan began donating blood after his daughter Lara was diagnosed with Stage IIIB Hodgkin’s Disease. That was more than 40 years ago. Today, Lara is a teacher, artist and author - and Mr. Vaughan is dedicated to donating blood. He recently donated his 1,000th unit on apheresis. Ralph is married to his high school sweetheart and they have five grown daughters and five grandchildren.

Lauren Zurick

Lauren Zurick

Community Blood Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania & Western New York

Lauren Zurick started donating blood when she was in high school, but never fully understood the impact it could have for people in need. Days after her son Austin was born, she felt something was wrong and took him to the emergency room. Austin was diagnosed with liver failure and was given blood transfusions immediately. After spending the first two months of his life fighting to survive, Austin is now a healthy 3-year old. Mrs. Zurick is grateful that blood was available when her son needed it. She continues to donate regularly and also shares her story via media interviews, radio ads and speaking opportunities so others will understand the impact they can have by donating lifesaving blood.

Dan Davis

Dan Davis

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Pheresis Center
Saint Louis, Missouri

Dan Davis is best described as a cheerful individual with a big heart. Davis has been a dedicated platelet donor for 25 years, in which time he has donated more than 600 times. He check the status of credit one credit card donates granulocytes at a moment’s notice when there is a patient need. Dan works full time, but always makes time to donate platelets. Beauties and the beach corolla has also recruited his children and has turned platelet donation into a family affair. We all count on people like Dan Davis, who are committed to saving lives.

Michael Desjardins

Michael Desjardins

The American Red Cross
Portland Blood Donor Center

Michael Desjardins was introduced to the need for blood and bone marrow donors when his daughter was battling aplastic anemia. Desjardins became a faithful platelet donor and started organizing bone marrow drives across the state of Maine. Today, his daughter is doing well and Desjardins remains grateful to the donors that helped save her life. To continue to help others in need, the Desjardins family and local Elks club hold a 5K race and walk every year to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. The race is held in conjunction with a blood drive that same weekend. Michael Desjardins is an advocate for these causes and his work continues to help patients and their families.

Dan Dye

Dan Dye

American Red Cross
Carolinas Region

Dan Dye is dedicated to using his talents to help improve the lives of those around him. Dan is involved in every aspect of blood donation in his community. He is an active member of the Durham Platelet Recruitment Committee that develops new donor recruitment strategies, he sponsors blood drives at his local church, he volunteers his time at additional local drives, and he is a dedicated platelet donor. Dan is also a gifted artist who creates paintings, jewelry and woodworks. Some of his artwork is on display at the platelet donation center for his community to enjoy. Dan Dye certainly has mastered the art of giving.

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Training Support Center Great Lakes
Blood Donor Site Coordinator for the Armed Services Blood Program

Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Rio Flores, Navy Military Training Instructor (NMTI) assigned to Student Indoctrination Division onboard Training Service Center, Great Lakes, Illinois, joined the Navy in 2004 and has served on several surface ships and at many commands. For the past year, she has excelled as a site coordinator for the Armed Services Blood Program. The number of donors rolling up their sleeves at Training Support Center Student Indoctrination blood drives is a testament to her hard work. Petty Officer Flores is dedicated to going above and beyond, ensuring blood products are readily available to the Navy fleet. Flores’ motto is, “Do what needs to be done, and do it better than (anyone).

Mike Gorton

Mike Gorton

BloodSource

Mike Gorton is a frequent plasma donor and volunteer at his blood center. He volunteers at many of the large mobile drives and encourages others to get involved through donating and volunteering. He helped produce a video that encourages younger donors to consider apheresis donations. Gorton not only saves lives through his work at the blood center, he is also a firefighter who has been named the CAL Firefighter of the Year. Mike is dedicated to saving lives in his work and through his volunteerism.

Martha Herbert and Sandy Middleton

Martha Herbert and Sandy Middleton

American Red Cross
Florence, South Carolina

Martha Herbert and Sandy Middleton met while donating platelets at the American Red Cross in Florence, South Carolina. These two friends now meet every other Wednesday to donate, chat and give the gift of life to people in need. Herbert and Middleton are among the most frequent platelet donors in their community, each having donated platelets more than 300 times. They give new meaning to being friends for life.

Rick Herndon

Rick Herndon

American Red Cross
Tri-Cities Donor Center

Rick Herndon received a call late one Saturday night. It was from the blood bank where he is a regular platelet donor. A newborn at the hospital needed a platelet transfusion and Rick was an HLA-match. Rick scrapped his Father’s Day plans and donated a double-unit of platelets that helped save the infant’s life. Rick explained why this was so important to him. “My wife and I had a premature baby in 1987. He spent his whole life, which was just 11 months, in a hospital. When I heard there was a baby needing my platelets on Father’s Day. It was just so joyful to think the family may now have a healthy child. This was a real moment for me.” It was a moment for us all.

April Meyers

April Meyers

Hoxworth Blood Center

April Meyers serves as a spokesperson for the Greater Cincinnati Down Syndrome Association, volunteers her time at Hoxworth Blood Center, is a dedicated blood donor and actively promotes blood donation through social media channels. Meyers wants everyone to know that having Down Syndrome doesn’t limit her from being a lifesaver and she challenges others to take up the cause. Meyers can often be found at her neighborhood donation center greeting donors and serving fresh baked chocolate chip cookies. She is an inspiration to us all.

Jim Morgan

James G. Morgan

Hoxworth Blood Center

Jim Morgan was raised on a farm in Kentucky with eight siblings. His parents were hard workers and instilled the same ethics in their children. Morgan made his living as a truck driver and after retirement wanted to give back to his community. Because he’s been a long time dedicated blood donor, he decided to volunteer as a driver picking up and delivering blood products for Hoxworth Blood Center. For the last 11 years, Morgan has driven more than 450 miles every week picking up blood from donor centers and delivering blood to area hospitals. When Jim learned there was an Amish community hat wanted to donate, but had no way of getting to the donation facility, he began a shuttle service for Amish donors.

Nancy Umstead

Nancy Umstead

Cape Fear Valley Blood Donor Center
Cape Fear Valley Health

Nancy Umstead’s first blood donation was inspired by the fact that it allowed her to receive two days off from physical training at her Air Force base. After that, she continued to donate every eight weeks, realizing it was a way of doing something good for people in need. At the time, Umstead didn’t know her act of kindness would hit close to home. Years later, her husband, Chuck, was diagnosed with aplastic anemia. Umstead then began to donate platelets. Chuck is now in remission, but that has not stopped Nancy from continuing to be a dedicated platelet donor. She is thankful that platelets were available when her husband needed them and donating is her way of paying it forward.

Al Whitney

Al Whitney

Platelets Across America
Aultman Blood Center

Al Whitney began donating blood and organizing blood drives in 1965. His blood drives continued for decades, collecting thousands of units. In 2007, Whitney began “Platelets Across America,” a campaign, to raise awareness of the need for blood donations in the United States. Whitney’s goal: donate platelets in all 50 states. Along the way, he does media interviews to further raise awareness. He achieved his goal and has now set off to repeat his amazing journey.

Michael Zapata

Michael Zapata Jr.

American Red Cross
Carolinas Region

Michael Zapata Jr. is very passionate about his mission to help save lives and he doesn’t allow anything to deter him. Mr. Zapata’s journey to his donation center involves eight bus transfers. He is a dedicated donor who donates platelets the maximum number of times allowed per year and has been doing so for decades. When he arrives at the donation center, it is with a big smile and treats for the staff. When anyone comments on his tremendous commitment, he says he is happy to do it. “It’s never more than one hour (that) I wait at the bus stop, and I am well prepared. I have my walker, umbrella, hat, sunscreen, water and snacks.” You also have a big heart Mr. Zapata, and it’s made of gold.

Bennie Cammuso

Bennie Cammuso

American Red Cross
Farmington, CT

Bennie is a dedicated donor who has already donated 17 gallons through the years. In addition to giving blood, Bennie also is generous with his time by volunteering to ensure the blood drives in Southington, CT are a success. Bennie keeps a supply of signs at his house so he can put them around town promoting upcoming drives. On the day of the drive he is first in line so he can donate early and then go into the church kitchen and cook a pasta meal for all of the donors. Bennie is truly a giving person who is dedicated to making the blood drives in his community a success.

Jim Van Dyne

Jim Van Dyne

United Blood Services
Arizona

When Jim Van Dyne’s wife was diagnosed with cancer, he dedicated himself to helping her get well. He promised her that he would give blood as often as he could, hoping to reach 500 donations in her honor. Sadly, Jim’s wife, Mary Lou, lost her fight with cancer in 1989. Since then, Jim has continued his pledge to give platelets, and he does so every two weeks. In 2012, Jim reached his goal of 500 donations and is now approaching 525 donations with no slowdown in sight. “When my wife was in the hospital, I saw so many people who needed blood transfusions,” Jim said. “I’ve been blessed with good health and I intend to continue donating as often as I can.” Jim honors his wife’s memory with the most valuable gift of all…the gift of life.

Kyle England

Kyle England

United Blood Services

In 2004, Kyle England was serving in the military when he was called home to spend a week with his mother Sharon before she passed away from her battle with breast cancer. Kyle was inspired to become a platelet donor in memory of his mother. Kyle says, “I found that through donating platelets I was able to help out other cancer patients and their families, and maybe even stop another person like me from having to know the pain of losing their mother too young. I think of her every time I donate.” Sharon England raised a hero in Kyle and her memory is well served by him.

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OneBlood
Vero BeachFL

Cynthia Jorgensen is known as Mrs. J in the Vero Beach Community. Mrs. J has been assisting her local blood bank for over 20 years. She currently sponsors four successful blood drives each school year at Vero Beach High School, each of which collect 200+ units for their community. In addition to f set train these drives Mrs. J is also shaping and creating our next generation of dedicated blood donors by providing information and education to all students on the importance of blood donations. Everyone that knows her, knows that it is just in her nature to be citi com giving of her time. Mrs. J is committed to the cause because as she states it, "It's About Life".

J.Thomas Kebberyl

J.Thomas Kebberyl

OneBlood
Port Charlotte, FL

You can count on the fact that J. Thomas Kebberly is dedicated to giving blood.  For the last 13 years Thomas comes in every two weeks to donate platelets. He books his appointments a year in advance and is always on time.  When asked what brought him in his first time to donate, Thomas replied “I want to support the cause and encourage my friends and family to donate and save lives.”  J. Thomas Kebberly is someone we all can count on to continue to help those in need.

Greg Kitson and Jon Hebble

Greg Kitson and Jon Hebble

American Red Cross Indiana
Ohio Blood Services Region

Gregory Kitson and Jon Hebble are friends who are dedicated to giving blood and are also known for their sense of humor. They have been friends for years and when Greg's daughter married Jon's brother they started running into each other a bit more. Their meetings soon gravitated to making the 45 minute drive to the donation center together and donating platelets. Greg has given over 250 platelet donations and Jon recently surpassed his 100th platelet donation. When they arrive at the center their positive attitudes and constant joking around create a wonderful atmosphere for everyone that comes into contact with them. They are also very humble and if asked why they are so dedicated to giving blood, they simply state, “Because, that’s what we do.”

Warren McIlvoy

Warren McIlvoy

United Blood Services
Arizona

Warren McIlvoy leads a team of pilots who dedicate their planes, their time and their fuel to make sure that patients all over Arizona receive the blood transfusions they need. The team is called Flights for Life and they provide a lifesaving service every time they climb in the cockpit to fly a mission for United Blood Services. They deliver lifesaving blood components to critically ill patients in rural hospitals to ensure that every component reaches the patient who needs it most, no matter where that might be. Last year, 106 pilots flew 992 missions delivering 10,989 blood components and covering 201,909 miles in 2,158 flight hours. The Flights for Life pilots are true heroes and help to save lives every day, and we thank them for their dedication and generosity.

Pictured in the photo: Back Row (Left to Right): Paul Schneider, H. C. "Mac" McClure, Warren McIlvoy, Paul Patino, Jerry Kapp, Mike Crew Front Row (Left to Right): Dave Cruden, Jeri-Ann McIlvoy, Ed Miller II, Roger Whittier

Shelley Miller

Shelley Miller

Barnes-Jewish Hospital Pheresis Center
Saint Louis, MO

Shelley Miller is best described as a fabulous woman with a heart of gold. At 75 years young, Shelley has been a dedicated platelet donor for 37 years in which time she has accumulated over 500 donations. Shelley certainly keeps busy with many events and activities in her personal life but she always makes sure to prioritize her platelet donations. Shelley is also a great advocate for the cause and is constantly recruiting family, friends and people in her community to donate. Shelley makes a difference in many people's lives in her community with her good humor, caring spirit and dedicated platelet donations.

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Roy Richards

OneBlood

In 1947 Roy Richards began donating blood whenever the bloodmobile would come to his workplace in Wisconsin. Soon after, Roy decided that the bloodmobile was not coming around frequently enough, so he began to travel into the Milwaukee Donor Center so he could donate more often. Roy was converted to a platelet donor once automated collections became possible. In 2001, Roy and his wife Sylvia moved to Sarasota Florida, where he continued to share his “Gift of Life” by donating platelets 24 times a year. Roy is now 85 years young and through the years has given over 144 gallons of whole blood and platelets. Roy’s 66 years of giving is a real legacy to living and he certainly is not done yet.

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They’ve been dubbed “blood slaves.” Rows of sleek greyhounds peeking, wide-eyed, from wire pens. They escaped the punishing racing world to be kept captive in “closed-colony” animal blood banks for as long as a year. They’re bled every couple of weeks — sometimes more frequently — and their blood is sold for millions of dollars to animal hospitals, which use it for surgeries that save other animals’ lives.

Closed colonies are the only legal way to obtain vital animal blood in California — a practice denounced as cruel and inhumane by activists who’ve been trying to end it for years. In 2019, they came quite close: A bill that would have legalized a human-like, volunteer animal blood donation system sailed through the Legislature with unanimous support and landed on the governor’s desk — where it was vetoed by Gov. Gavin Newsom because it didn’t go far enough. “I ask that the Legislature send me legislation that effectively leads to the phasing-out of ‘closed colonies,’ ” Newsom said.

Enter Assembly Bill 1282, a bipartisan answer to Newsom’s call, introduced by Assemblyman Richard Bloom, D- Santa Monica, and co-authored by Sen. Scott Wilk, R-Santa Clarita. Dubbed the California Pet Blood Bank Modernization Act, it would allow commercial blood banks to use volunteer dogs and cats for donations rather than captives, and eventually phase out the closed-colony production model completely.

“We’re the only state that doesn’t allow community blood donations — it’s ridiculous,” said Judie Mancuso, founder and CEO of Social Compassion in Legislation, who has been trying to change the law for years. “California is usually charging forward and being the first. This time, we’re the last to get in line.”

Regular pet owners might soon be able to volunteer their own Fidos and Fluffies to become lifesaving donors — after mandatory health screenings. Veterinarians would supervise new community blood banks.

Small but mighty

California has only two commercial animal blood banks, but they provide the overwhelming majority of the nation’s animal blood supply.

One is the for-profit Animal Blood Resources International, which has offices in Northern California and Michigan. The other is the houston police department credit union Hemopet in Garden Grove, which has www mtb com customcard the ire of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals.

Officials for both companies declined comment on the current bill, but Hemopet CEO Jean Dodds has argued that California requires licensed, closed-colony animal blood banks because they “provide a medically superior and safer blood supply.” Carefully screened, healthy donors are kept in a controlled environment to protect them — and their blood — from disease. They provide lifesaving products to other animals and are adopted out to good homes when their service is done. Donor animals — largely greyhounds because of their universal blood type — are happy, healthy and well-cared for, she said.

The writing, however, appears to be clearly on the wall: The end of closed colonies is near.

Changes in legislation

In addition to adding a time frame for phasing out closed colonies — within 12 months after data shows that volunteer blood banks are producing enough to allow the switch — the new bill doles out responsibility for managing the new system to both the California Department of Food and Agriculture and the Veterinary Medical Board.

The vet board would control the licensing and registration of veterinarians who set up community blood banks to accept donations from volunteer animals, with permit fees set at $1,000 to cover the cost of inspections. The CDFA would continue its oversight of the blood and blood component products.

The bill also would make public details that are now kept secret — such as pnc credit card payment much blood is actually collected.

It’s good for consumers, good for animals and will broaden the blood supply, Mancuso said.

Nick Sackett, director of legislative affairs for Social Compassion In Legislation, doesn’t expect a large number of vets to pivot to commercial-scale operations. “We think it’ll be a few here and there who really want to make it part of their business, but you need certain equipment to ramp up to commercial scale and that’s not cheap,” he said.

The bill must be heard in the Assembly by both the Business and Professional Committee and the Committee on Agriculture, and negotiation over details continues.

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“I have every confidence that working together in good faith with California’s veterinarians, we can chart a course to better balance the welfare of donor and recipient dogs and the need for a robust, healthy, safe blood supply,” Bloom said in a prepared statement.

Far too many pets in California die because there’s simply no blood to save them, Wilk said in a statement. This bill will expand the pool of available animal blood donors and ensure they’re treated humanely.

 

Источник: https://www.eastbaytimes.com/2021/03/23/new-bill-moving-through-legislature-could-free-blood-slave-donor-dogs/
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Donate Blood for Ice Cream

Blood Bank of Hawaii Press Release

The Blood Bank phone number santander customer service Hawaii (BBH) invites Molokai residents to give a pint of blood and get ice cream in return on August 3.

Donors who give a pint of blood on August 3 will receive a free double-scoop ice cream coupon redeemable at Kamo’i Snack-n-Go. This “Double Scoop” drive will take place (schedule is subject to change):

• Monday, August 3: Molokai General Hospital, special procedures room, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The promotion aims to heighten awareness of the need for blood and to inspire people to give during a traditional period of low donor turnout.

Every day in Hawaii, hundreds of patients count on volunteer blood donors for their very survival. Typical uses for the donated blood include surgical procedures, treatment of accident victims, ulcers, anemia, mothers and newborns during delivery, and cancer therapy. 

Because each donation is separated into three different components — red blood cells, platelets and plasma — a single donation can help save the lives of up to three people. 

The donation process is safe and usually takes about an hour. There is some paper work, a confidential interview and a mini– physical, but the actual collection of blood takes only five to eight minutes.

In Hawaii, only 2 percent of the eligible population donates blood. More donors are always needed. The requirements to be a blood donor are simple:
• Be in good health
• Be 18 years of age or older (17 with signed Blood Bank of Hawaii parent/legal guardian consent form)
• Weigh 110 pounds or more
• Bring a valid photo ID with date of birth

To make an appointment or get more information, visit www.bbh.org or call the Blood Bank of Hawaii toll-free at 1-800-372-9966.

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Hawai‘i’s Most Charitable Companies 2020

The annual overview shows local philanthropy remained strong in 2019 – an important foundation for local charities considering the difficult challenges they face this year.

Charities are pivoting united 1st year to meet the need for services. For instance, local food banks are facing hugely increased need yet are not being supplied by traditional food donation drives. 

Hawai‘i’s generosity shone again in 2019, with another year of benevolent support from companies and nonprofits on our Most Charitable Companies list.

A total of $119.8 million in cash and in-kind donations were given by 90 organizations across O‘ahu, Maui, Hawai‘i Island and Kaua‘i last year. Employees of these organizations gave an additional $4.4 million and 82,374 hours of their time to philanthropic causes.

The list is broken into three categories this time: charities, nonprofit companies and for-profit companies. We wanted to provide an apples to apples depiction of giving by companies with similar structures. Every business is unique, and categorizing is never a perfect science, but we believe this is the best way.

Thirteen nonprofit companies reported total giving of $8.4 million in 2019: $7.6 million in cash and the rest in-kind. Among these companies, the average giving as a percentage of gross annual sales was 0.31%, with a median of 0.23%.

Sixty-nine for-profit companies reported total giving of $28.8 million in 2019. The for-profit companies averaged giving 0.25% of their gross annual sales with a median of 0.1%. The largest percentage was 2.33% – reported by law firm McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon.

 

Charity Impacts

The eight charities on this list reported total giving of $82.7 million in 2019.Hawaii Foodbank and Aloha United Way contributed $34.8 million of that total. More companies said they donated to Hawaii Foodbank and its partner organizations Maui Nasb pocket bible zipper Bank and Hawai‘i County’s The Food Basket than any other charity; Aloha United Way was second. The American Heart Association, Child & Family Service and Ho‘ōla Nā Pua round out the top five charities that companies donated to in 2019. The Hawai‘i Community Foundation did not report its donations to Hawaii Business Magazine this year.

Hawaii Foodbank worked with 51 partner agencies on its ‘Ohana Produce Plus program in 2019 to distribute over 2.6 million pounds of produce and 3.7 million pounds of other food across O‘ahu and Kaua‘i, Danny Schlag, director of marketing and communications for the Hawaii Foodbank, tells Hawaii Business Magazine via email. This program is a primary source of produce for many low-income families, kūpuna, and homeless or disabled people.

A program that saw tremendous growth in 2019 was the Food 4 Keiki School Pantry initiative, Schlag writes. Over a dozen pantries were established during the 2018-19 school year serving 11,702 students with after-school snacks and food bags to share with their families. Two other programs provided over 12,000 kūpuna with vital staple foods last year, he writes.

Food donations remained steady in 2019 and cash donations increased, which was a good thing as 2020 has brought an “unprecedented challenge of providing food to thousands of households newly at risk of experiencing food insecurity,” Schlag writes. Since March 2020, Hawaii Foodbank has purchased over $5.25 million in emergency food supplies, compared to a typical $400,000 annually.

Pandemic-related supply chain disruptions and a decrease in food collection drives due to stay at home orders have resulted in low inventories at food banks. “Items that normally take four to six weeks to get to Hawai‘i from distributors on the continental U.S. are now taking three to four months to arrive,” Schlag writes.

Nonetheless, he says, the food banks are doing their best to meet the massively increased demand.

In April, Hawaii Foodbank committed to purchase $200,000 of local agriculture products in a partnership with the Hawaii Farm Bureau, a strategic effort to help local farms that was already being planned pre-COVID. As of mid-September, the Hawaii Foodbank had actually purchased $900,000 worth of local produce from 24 Hawai‘i farms, Schlag writes.

 

Aloha United Way

Aloha United Way invested $18 million into the community in 2019 through its Community Care Fund. This money was channeled to 324 partner organizations to provide community services – a model that the AUW says allows a quick and nimble response to meet evolving needs of Hawai‘i’s most vulnerable.

One of the most used services was AUW’s 2-1-1 helpline, a call center for individuals who need help to tap into available resources quickly. AUW reports that 82,709 people used 2-1-1 last year.

“In 2019, Aloha United Way celebrated one hundred years of service to our communities. None of that would have been possible without the generosity of community members and partners,” President and CEO John Fink says in an email to Hawaii Business Magazine.

AUW’s other charitable focuses in 2019 included housing, childcare and early learning, and postsecondary education. These initiatives helped the state’s asset limited, income constrained and employed population – the ALICE families – the folks who work in Hawai‘i yet do not earn enough to save money.

Fink says 2020 “has proven to be a great test of AUW’s mettle. We have created new relationships and strengthened old ones as we partnered with government, business and nonprofit leaders. Working together has enabled us to ramp up support for those in need through our funding services and the AUW 2-1-1 referral service.” AUW says weekly call volume to the 2-1-1 helpline increased over 600% since the onset of the pandemic.

The latest figure before this story was published was that $1.68 million has been raised for the Hawaii COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund. Some of that money went to AUW’s COVID-19 rent and utility assistance program, which has saved 665 households statewide from eviction, the charity reports.


Methodology: Data for the Most Charitable Companies list was compiled through surveys conducted by Hawaii Business Magazine. All information is self-reported by the organizations on the list. We asked companies to indicate if they are for-profit or nonprofit organizations. We then created three lists: one of for-profit companies, another of charitable nonprofits and a third of nonprofits like credit unions and health insurers.

The charity category includes organizations whose sole purpose is philanthropy and serving the community.

 

Charity NameTotal 2019 Combined Donations Cash and In-Kind2019 Cash Donations2019 In-Kind DonationsTotal Giving as % of Gross Annual SalesEmployee
Volunteer Hours On the Job
Employee
Volunteer Hours Off the Job
Cash Donations from Employees
Kamehameha Schools$39,911,382.00$39,911,382.0015.53%$182,613.00
Hawaii Foodbank Inc.$21,232,530.00$21,232,530.00100
Aloha United Way$13,518,141.00$13,099,641.00$418,500.0072.86%450175$33,098.00
The Clarence T.C. Ching Foundation$5,616,130.00$5,616,130.00
Parker Ranch Foundation Trust$2,404,558.11$2,404,558.11
YMCA of Honolulu$2,250.00$2,250.000.01%600500$71,410.83
Blood Bank of Hawaii$16,100.00
Child & Family Service450$19,486.71

 

For-Profit Company NameTotal 2019 Combined Donations Cash and In-Kind2019 Cash Donations2019 In-Kind DonationsTotal Giving as % of Gross Annual SalesEmployee
Volunteer Hours On the Job
Employee
Volunteer Hours Off the Job
Cash Donations from Employees
First Hawaiian Bank5256986425000010069860.0049825813405815000
Matson, Inc.3735000244900012860000.0011
Bank of Hawaii Corp.316725623913557759010.003189606506.5860000
Hawaii Foodservice Alliance LLC22000002200000
Kokusai Kogyo Kanri Kabushiki Kaisha – 139357935336910402100.00058303215194
US Operations
American Savings Bank 115003011500300.003615025170633
Alexander & Baldwin Inc.102000010200000.0023
MacNaughton849950.46848075.4618758421618950
First Insurance Company of Hawaii Ltd.830500820500100000.0031750125039244
Hawaiian Airlines7431204579942851260.00021016397576.2
Central Pacific Financial Corp.661041.32661041.320.0029471569646.39
Servco Pacific Inc.62389661751963770.000315003500188730
Enterprise Holdings Foundation & Enterprise, 6000005250007500021003600275000
Alamo & National Car Rental
Alaska Airlines5813001301004512000.0002
The Ritz-Carlton Kapalua5681247231049581471217864415
Pasha Hawaii5481232475923005310.0004
Par Hawaii, LLC3922773922770.00011258153012
Y. Hata & Co., Limited3823111952701870410.0006
McCorriston Miller Mukai MacKinnon LLP3500003500000.023325000
Hawaiian Telcom298429285429130000.0008775718173
Locations271974261974100000.00491469283743
Nordic PCL Construction Inc.251200231200200000.001430050040000
Corteva Agriscience212350182350300002502510000
TD Food Group Inc.2003872003870.001533000
Atlas Insurance Agency Inc.197194187094101000.00740115
Dorvin D. Leis Co. Inc.181781166781150000.00095030012000
American Carpet One – Floor and Home155000140000150002502050000
Bowers + Kubota Consulting Inc.153094434031096910.000947853716
G70 1309001309000.00381750
ProService Hawaii1289311289310.0004
Alan Shintani, Comenity bank williams sonoma Plumbing & Air Conditioning103000103000
I. Kitagawa and Co. Ltd.90000900000.001
Swinerton Builders8181528175536400.00027200360023740
WATG8000060000200000.007
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.7300060000130000.0002200
Pacific Guardian Life Insurance Company, Limited65000650000.0008699700
JL Capital64420.9864420.9833
Clinical Labs of Hawaii6144641850195960.000317620
RAM Corporation58787.1858787.180.0007
Young Brothers LLC5640023750326500.000230033.34
Offline Sharks LLC5500020000350000.0179200
RevoluSun Smart Home / RevoluSun LLC5350026000275000.0003201802200
Coconut Condos518574948223750.0112122164100
Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate 497024670230000.002424932734568
Advantage Realty
Bays Lung Rose & Holma42550425500.0038100
Anthology Marketing Group350005000300000.000420020015000
The Hawaii Group Inc.35000350000.00695002001500
Contract Furnishers of Hawaii Inc.32832328320.001
New York Life Insurance Co.325003250016757
Tanaka Of Tokyo Restaurants Ltd.278402114067000.001661
Aqua Engineers Inc.25000250000.001
Coffman Engineers Inc.19000190000.0019
T&T Tinting Specialists Inc.180003000150000.0007401500
S & M Sakamoto, Inc.15600156000.0007
Elite Pacific Construction Inc.13000130000.0008
Pacxa12428.55114051023.550.0003303751000
Alaka‘i Mechanical Corp.10000100000.0002
Alert Holdings Group Inc. dba Alert Alarm of Hawaii10000500050000.0002250
Bishop & Company Inc.921792170.0015
Huber Pools Inc. 500050000.0012
Maui Plumbing Inc. 372537250.0006
Environmental Science International275027500.0004
BeautiGoddess Lash Studio20002000
Glad Life Inc760760118
Admor HVAC Products Inc70000
Farmers Insurance Hawaii Inc.20354
Pflueger Inc.24

 

Nonprofit Company NameTotal 2019 Combined Donations Cash and In-Kind2019 Cash Donations2019 In-Kind DonationsTotal Giving as % of Gross Annual SalesEmployee
Volunteer Hours On the Job
Employee
Volunteer Hours Off the Job
Cash Donations from Employees
Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA)1893825.931854427.2539398.680.00051200273734
Hawaii Dental Service (HDS)1680146167236377830.006952014555.08
TMT International Observatory LLC13974881397488387375
Kaiser Permanente Hawaii132185613112051065128571145496669
HawaiiUSA Federal Credit Union4827003044791782210.00343100103411760
Kahala Nui400633.84276462124171.840.005814041442710
AlohaCare39403839403821013
UHA Health Insurance (University Health Alliance)3835003835000.001226.2550717430
Hawaii Medical Assurance Association (HMAA)15075014150092500.00074683463.4
Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union 14819614319650000.0061300100014000
Finance Factors Ltd.12552612452610000.0059187020012864
Pearl Hawaii Federal Credit Union285006000225000.00042002001900
Hawaii Central Federal Credit Union200020000.00022008000
Источник: https://www.hawaiibusiness.com/hawaiis-most-charitable-companies-2020/
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