My gratitude to many people for the tremendous success of the Blood Drive at Madison Christian in honor of our beautiful granddaughter, Gracie, is overwhelming. Record numbers of people gave units, and several more gave it their best effort but were deferred because their hemoglobin was a little low. It was such an honor to spend time in the area of the building that was set up for the Blood Drive and to be able to thank donors from the bottom our our hearts.
As Gracie continues through the treatment phase, she has a great need for blood and blood products. People saw this as a tangible way to help – and “thank you” is not enough. The huge response completely overtaxed the crew sent by the Red Cross (they are greatly understaffed like every other entity today) and many people waited for hours to give. The blood drive was scheduled to end at 7:00 p.m. and the last donor completed her donation at around 10:00 p.m. After packing up, the Red Cross pulled out of our campus at 11:17 p.m. – with 47 units of blood. I commend that small Red Cross crew, and I thank donors for their tremendous patience and commitment to give.
Thanks to Jean White for doing all the leg work from our office to set this up and make it happen. Thanks to Kim Trimmer for hosting the refreshment room. Thanks to Diane Barnes for making soup from scratch for donors and being hostess at the front desk. Thanks to the Red Cross crew that should have been double in number and equipment – and for the way they hung in there and went out of here thoroughly exhausted. And of course, THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED OR ATTEMPTED TO DONATE A UNIT OF WHOLE BLOOD OR DOUBLE REDS.
Madison Christian is EXTREMELY generous. That generosity is displayed in many ways. It’s going to be my privilege to tell you in the days ahead of the church’s generosity at Christmas time and End-of-Year giving. For now, I say a sincere thank you for the extreme generosity in honoring Gracie with such an absolutely amazing response to this blood drive. Thank you so much!