This Thanksgiving, we’re thankful to all of you for making a difference in someone else’s life. Over the course of 2017, we’ve heard stories from donors, like Kelli Bartee who gives regularly in honor of the Delta Flight 191 crash. She credits the generous donors as among the heroes who were responsible for saving lives that day.
We’ve heard from the drive coordinators who have given their time, and even the stories from people you might know who received lifesaving transfusions because of your selfless act of blood donation. To highlight our gratitude for drive coordinators, we want to say thanks to everyone who has given their time and hosted a blood drive this year — like Jamie D. Grant and Jamita Barnett-Machen. Together, they raised awareness for sickle cell disease and connected us with an audience whose donations are an integral part of fighting the disease.
Almost 200,000 times so far this year, you and others rolled up a sleeve to give blood, platelets or plasma and made a life-changing difference for someone you probably don’t know. Thanks to you, drive coordinators, for the 6,000-plus blood drives you organized and promoted. And the year is not finished yet! There’s much more to come over the holidays and into the New Year.
The blood collected by Carter BloodCare does not belong to this organization. It belongs to the community – to you – ensuring that blood products are on the shelf before lives depend on it. We have shared a few stories of generosity that remind us why it takes a true community effort to see that babies born early have hope for life; that a father’s failing lungs can receive a transplant when the donor match occurs; and that a child fighting blood cancer receives the platelets necessary to prevent excess bleeding. That is what the business of saving lives is about. Thank you for joining the team and accepting the challenge of saving lives while making transfusion possible.