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Seymour Johnson AFB Soars to the Top

06/28/2013
By Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.
Airman 1st Class Brittain Crolley donates to the Armed Services Blood Program during a blood drive conducted at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (Photo by Senior Airman Mariah C. Tolbert, U.S. Air Force section supervisor, Photojournalism, 4th Fighter Wing, Public Affairs)
Airman 1st Class Brittain Crolley donates to the Armed Services Blood Program during a blood drive conducted at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C. (Photo by Senior Airman Mariah C. Tolbert, U.S. Air Force section supervisor, Photojournalism, 4th Fighter Wing, Public Affairs)
Last month, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., held its first blood drive with the Armed Services Blood Program. Despite being more than an hour away from Camp Lejeune, N.C., this blood drive was a huge success, in large part thanks to the blood drive site coordinator, Senior Airman Mariah Tolbert, the section supervisor of photojournalism for the installation’s Public Affair Office. While taking on the roles of coordinator and public affairs specialist, Tolbert still found the time to donate as well.

Tolbert used all of her time to bring awareness to the ASBP and gain maximum participation.  She sent out emails, coordinated grass roots recruiting and even wrote an article that was published online. Her passion and support to make this a triumphant blood drive helped her bring in 50 units to this amazing first-time drive.  

“Helping to support the ASBP is a great cause,” Tolbert said. “It was an honor to be able to host a blood drive at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.”

Recruiting for and collecting 50 units of blood during a blood drive is no easy task, making Tolbert’s dedication to the ASBP obvious.

“I wanted to hold a blood drive with the ASBP because it is a great cause,” Tolbert said. “This is the only organization that I know of, that is for (the Department of Defense and the entire military community) to donate and give back to one another. You never know when one of your brothers or sisters in arms will need some blood and you could be the one to help save their life,” said Tolbert.

Wearing many different hats during the blood drive, Tolbert was on hand snapping photos, talking with donors and making the blood drive an overall success.

“I was very impressed by the overwhelming support we received from the Seymour Johnson Air Force Base,” Renellen Rodriguez, clinical nurse supervisor, said.   “It seemed as if donors arrived bringing others that could donate with them, spreading and encouraging the support of our mission throughout all facets of the base.”

The Camp Lejeune Blood Donor Center is very excited that Seymour Johnson Air Force Base wants to continue to support the ASBP and the staff members are looking forward to the installation’s next blood drive.

A video from the event can be found on the ASBP YouTube channel.

To find out more about the Armed Services Blood Program or to schedule an appointment, please visit us online: www.militaryblood.dod.mil.  To interact directly with some of our staff, see more photos or to get the latest news, visit us here: www.facebook.com/militaryblood, www.flickr.com/militaryblood and www.twitter.com/militaryblood.