August 2, 2017 was the date for the 40th time that the Mtn Grove Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3770 hosted a blood drive for the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks. The first blood drive was April 21, 1999 and they have averaged over two blood drives a year since beginning. Each time the VFW hosts a blood drive it takes many hours of volunteer work. The work consists of picking up tables and chairs, unloading the truck, the VFW Auxiliary mans the canteen which provides refreshments to the donors following the blood collection, then loading the truck, cleaning up and placing the tables and chairs back out on the floor. April 2, 2017 was no different with 10 volunteers donating over 44 hours of time. Multiply times 40 will give some idea about the time and energy that the veterans of the VFW donate in the community for just this one project. This does not take into account the hours that the Auxiliary spends making homemade cookies for the donors.
The following good citizens of the area that presented themselves to donate blood during this latest drive were: Glen Blankenship, Linda Blankenship, Christina Daily, Barry Baker, Katharine Shaffer, Larry Dooms, Martha Driskell, David Riggs, Ernest Ehlers, James Garrett, Archie Daily, Jack Hall, Terrena Ballinger, Iris Joe Kelley, Lu Ann Kochis, Willard McCarty, Donald Bell, Sharon England, Sally McCaughrin, James McCaughrin, Russell Olewinski and Carrie Guilliams. Nineteen (19) units were collected.
Reviewing the donation records of these good citizens it was found that seven (7) of them had donated over 100 units, ten (10) had donated 30 – 99 units and five (5) had donated fewer than 30 units.
More donors are needed. Please consider donating blood. “Give the Gift of Life”
If you would like to learn more about the Community Blood Center of the Ozarks and how you can begin donating blood please visit their website at Community Blood Center of the Ozarks.
The Mtn Grove VFW wishes to extend its sincere appreciation to the good citizens who presented themselves for collection and also to the volunteers who donate their time and energy to making a successful blood drive.
Post member Russell Olewinski is pictured giving his 104th pint.
Here he is shown displaying his pin for donating 13 gallons. Olewinski’s donation record goes back to when he served in the US Air Force.
Four of Quartermaster Kelley’s grandchildren came and watched the process. He hopes that they will consider giving blood when they reach maturity.
The next blood drive to be hosted by the Mtn Grove VFW is tentatively set for April 4, 2018.