The Mountain Grove VFW Family has been involved with the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks for 20 years and once again the post hosted a blood drive to benefit the community. Eighteen members donated a total of 76 hours. There were 7 members of the post, 8 members of the Ladies Auxiliary and 3 members of our Youth Girls Group formerly known as Junior Girls. There were also 3 members of the Mtn Grove Boy Scouts that assisted. Tyler Gattlin, Andrew Pettetier and Nicholas Pettetier.
35 people presented themselves to donate blood with 28 pints being collected and one double donation in addition. Nine members of the VFW Family donated blood.
The girls made two tubs of ice cream to serve to the donors even though they had to make the ice cream in the rain.
Wright County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Mike Foreman collected 15 pounds of pills to be destroyed through our joint effort known as “Pill Pick-Up” that takes out of date or no longer needed medicine off the streets and the pills collected get destroyed in a safe manner to keep out of our environment. This was our second “Pill Pick-Up” and the practice will continue. Ladies Auxiliary President Judy Hutchison suggested this last year and it is certainly a needed project.
This event provided a golden opportunity to induct our first Junior Girl graduate into the Ladies Auxiliary with President Judy Hutchison (left) and Secretary Nancy Smith (right – bottom photo) performing the ceremony inducting Melody Campbell into Ladies Auxiliary 3770.
District 18 President Judy Hutchison is shown receiving her District President’s Pin from District 18 Secretary Nancy Smith. It was not received in time for the District 18 meeting that was held in Lebanon at VFW Post 4107 on August 1.
Some of the donors enjoying home made cookies and home made ice cream after their donations. The members of the Mtn Grove VFW Ladies Auxiliary made and donated 10 dozen home made cookies.
First time donor Benjamin Campbell, senior at Norwood High School.
Three generations donated blood. Iris Joe Kelley, Quartermaster 3770; Mitzi Campbell, member Ladies Auxiliary 3770; and Benjamin Campbell.
Post Sr-Vice Commander Jay Beal was attached to this machine that takes blood out, removes certain parts of the blood and then replaces the blood into the donor. This process takes some time but provides twice the needed parts of blood.
The balance of the pictures below are of most of the donors giving blood. Missed a few but tried to get all.
The Mtn Grove VFW Family joins the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks in extending a hearty “Thank You” to all who gave blood and/or donated time or cookies for this successful event.