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A Priceless Gift for the Holidays

12/22/2017
By Rick Lumzy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Benning, Ga.
The Sullivan Memorial Blood Center at Fort Benning, Georgia is asking all to come in and donate blood this holiday season.
The Sullivan Memorial Blood Center at Fort Benning, Georgia is asking all to come in and donate blood this holiday season.
The holiday season brings joyous occasions with family and friends, but can often bring financial stress as many buy gifts for their loved ones. Nevertheless, there is one gift that doesn’t cost anything and may save someone’s life: the gift of blood.

As part of the Armed Services Blood Program, the Sullivan Memorial Blood Center, Fort Benning, Georgia, collects whole blood and blood platelets and works to ensure the highest quality care of service members, retirees and their family members worldwide.

Sheila M. Rudesheim is the quality assurance manager for the center. She says it’s common for people to forget about blood donations during the busy holiday season but emphasized the ongoing importance of it.

“This time of the year is the season of family travel and getting together with family and friends. It is also a high-risk time where there are many accidents and illnesses,” Rudesheim said. “We forget about donating blood since we are all so busy, and this is the time where shortages come into play. So before you hit the road, stop and donate a unit of blood during this busy season.”

The Sullivan Memorial Blood Center is scheduled to hold blood drives on Dec. 27 and Jan. 3 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. All personnel are welcome to stop by the center to donate.

The center also collects platelets Monday through Thursday to support the Martin Army Community Hospital, located on post. To schedule an appointment, call Army Staff Sgt. Daniels at 706-626-3623.

“Every two to three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion,” said Army Maj. Vincent L. Duncan, the director of the Sullivan Memorial Blood Center. “It is important to remember that a unit of blood can save up to as many as three people’s lives, so please donate. You can make a difference too.”

About the Armed Services Blood Program
Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide. As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure. To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest. Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.