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Regular Donors Continually Saving Lives at the Pentagon (Jessica Pellegrini, ASBP Staff Writer)
Blood and blood products cannot be stored indefinitely. For the safety of recipients, red blood cells must be used within 35-42 days after collection depending on the anticoagulant and preservative used. Platelets have an even shorter shelf life and must be used within five days after collection. Because blood may be needed at any time, it must be...

FCPOA Sponsors “1st Class” Blood Drive (Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon Blood Donor Center)
Petty officer 1st class Sailors, of all ratings, come together to share information and help each other grow personally and professionally at the 1st Class Petty Officer Association. As part of that growth, Petty Officers 1st Class Winston Banton and Joshua Kohmuench teamed up to...

Fort Bliss Donors Recognized at Ceremony (Lori A. Kuczmanski, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas)
In recognition of National Blood Donor Month, the Fort Bliss Blood Donor Center held its fourth annual Blood Donor Recognition Ceremony to thank blood, platelet and plasma donors for a successful year. More than 120 donors, Soldiers and command teams attended the ceremony.

Texas Roadhouse Mascot Joins BOSS at Blood Drive (Lori A. Kuczmanski, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Bliss, Texas)
Texas Roadhouse and their mascot, Andy the Armadillo, attended the Better Opportunity for Single Soldiers blood drive Jan. 21 to spread cheer and to support both the Armed Services Blood Program and BOSS.

Blood Donations Needed During Winter (Rebecca A. Perron, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth Public Affairs)
Every year, from the holiday season until warm spring days, blood supplies run critically low at military and civilian hospitals. Winter weather can affect the logistics of holding a blood drive, and fewer people make the time to donate blood.

Navy Reservist Learns Importance of Blood Donations, Saves Lives (Cesar Fontanilla, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Pendleton, Calif.)
Navy reservist Petty Officer 2nd Class Carlo Mabini has seen a lot over the course of his military career. He has been deployed three times and has witnessed blood transfusions downrange. Knowing that blood donations can help save lives, Mabini has been a loyal blood donor...

Donors Recognized for Giving “The Gift” of Blood (Victor L. Shermer, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.)
The ASBBC-PNW held a ceremony to thank donors for “giving to the red, white and blue,” Jan. 30. As part of National Blood Donor Month, the event was designed to recognize the donors that contributed to the effort to save lives of deployed service members worldwide and military personnel...

Fort Leonard Wood’s Top 10 Donating Units of 2014 (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
Whether they are in a field hospital in Afghanistan or a medical treatment facility in the U.S., service members and their families battle injury and disease every day. When those people need blood to recover, military caregivers trust the ASBP to ensure ample supplies are available.

Blood Donors Honored During Ceremony (Pamela Kulokas, MACH Public Affairs)
Fort Benning met and exceeded its blood collection goal in 2014, with 10,477 total units given to the ASBP. To celebrate the achievement and National Blood Donor month, Martin Army Community Hospital and the Sullivan Memorial Blood Center hosted the annual Blood Donor Appreciation Ceremony Jan. 30.

Official Thanks Blood Donors, Encourages More Donations (Shannon Collins, DOD News Features, Defense Media Activity)
The process is familiar to many. Squeeze the ball a few times to make the vein visible and look away as the needle punctures the arm. Make idle conversation as the medical technician fills the vials with blood, and then the bag. Get the sticker that says, “I gave blood” and grab a cookie.

A Time to Say Thanks (Erin Longacre, Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Gordon, Ga.)
National Blood Donor Month is the perfect time to shine the spotlight on outstanding blood donors and supporters, and Fort Gordon’s Kendrick Memorial Blood Center recently took the opportunity to do that in a big way, with a table full of awards and a tower of cupcakes. Every year since 1998, with only one exception, the blood donor center has held a ceremony to recognize the top donor donors.

This Is Why We Donated Blood (Carl Norman, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.)
American Labor Union leader Walter Reuther once said, “There is no greater calling than to serve your fellow man… There is no greater satisfaction than to have done it well.” The dictionary defines the word serve as “performing duties or services for another person or organization.” With a little splicing and critical thinking to the words above, it’s fair to say...

Leader of the Pack (Wendy Binder, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Camp Lejeune, N.C.)
There are many different types of people on staff at the Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune. The hospital staff is comprised of active duty service members, government employees and civilian contractors, yet they all have one thing in common: platelet donation. For the NHCL Blood Donor Center, platelet donors are represented from all of the aforementioned groups.

ASBP Recognizes Donors for Giving the Gift of Life (Staff Sgt. Betty Y. Boomer, 24th Press Camp Headquarters)
The William Beaumont Army Medical Center along with the Armed Services Blood Program celebrated National Blood Donor Month by recognizing units and those in the community for contributing to lifesaving efforts by donating blood, platelet and plasma in a ceremony at the Centennial Club on Fort Bliss, Thursday, Jan. 29.

Show Us That Smile! (Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon Blood Donor Center)
Show us that smile! Some would think that smiling while donating blood isn’t possible. However, most of the donors that walk through the Pentagon Blood Donor Center doors have huge smiles on their faces. It’s the job of the donor center staff to keep them smiling – before, during and after the donation process.

Donors Make Armed Services Blood Program Possible (Claudette Roulo, DOD News, Defense Media Activity)
Without donors, there would be no Armed Services Blood Program, Navy Capt. Roland Fahie, the program’s director, said. National Blood Donor Month falls in January, Fahie said, which is the heart of a difficult season for blood organizations, as donations slow during the winter holidays. As the month draws to a close, he said, it is particularly important...

The Day a Stranger Saved My Life (Lt. Carrie Sanders, U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Norfolk)
When I was pregnant with my second daughter, Clara, I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I worried about my life and the life of my unborn daughter. There was never a choice for my husband and me as to whether we were going to continue on with the pregnancy, even though we knew the cancer could spread. After my daughter was born, I was set...