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Quartermaster Soldiers Donate during Holiday Season
By Linda Ellerbe, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bragg, N.C.
Lt. Col. Christopher Robertson, commander of the 266th Quartermaster Battalion, donates blood to the Armed Services Blood Program.
During this time of year, the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be seen almost everywhere. As we prepare for a new year, donating blood can easily slip off of our to-do lists. But soldiers from the 266th Quartermaster Battalion at Fort Lee, Va., didn’t let their busy schedules stop them from donating blood to the Armed Services Blood Program. The Quartermaster Center and School routinely schedules monthly blood drives—even during the expected holiday exodus—and they always find a way to make it work.
For the soldiers assigned to the 23rd Quartermaster Brigade, it was a weekend filled with briefings, getting airline tickets and shopping for their loved ones. But they also took time out to help out their brothers and sisters in arms by donating blood to the Armed Services Blood Program. Some of the soldiers even arrived with holiday gifts in hand as they had just finished their shopping.
Lt. Col. Christopher Robertson, commander of the 266th Quartermaster Battalion, was one of the first donors in line to donate alongside his soldiers. “We will do all (what) we can to help to make this a successful blood drive,” he said.
Like all of the Armed Services Blood Program blood donor centers, the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center can only collect blood on federal property. So with both military and civilian workers starting to take leave for the holiday, maintaining collection goals can be somewhat difficult. For this reason, the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center relies on the soldiers at Fort Lee and other training installations to meet their mission goals, especially during the holiday season. In fact, members of the blood donor center staff travel to Fort Lee at least once each month to collect blood.
“We would like to thank everyone who came out to donate,” said Capt. Tiffany Terry, deputy director of blood services for the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center in North Carolina. “We are glad the command found a way to fit the blood drive into their busy schedule this weekend.”
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