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A Reunion in Great Lakes
By Jeffery Diffy, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, North Chicago, Ill.
The Pearlmutter family (Pam Pearlmutter, Seaman Jacob Pearlmutter and Marty Pearlmutter) reunited in Great Lakes during Seaman Jacob Pearlmutter’s training as an electrical technician. While there, all three took the time to donate blood with the Armed Services Blood Program.
The Pearlmutter family donates blood regularly. Recently, three of the family members donated blood at Great Lakes, Ill., during a stop-over for Pam and Marty Pearlmutter to see their Sailor, Seaman Jacob Pearlmutter.
Collectively, these three family members have donated over 23-gallons of red blood cells. Each one of them is an O-negative blood type.
Also known as "universal donors," type O-negative red blood cells can be given to anyone. For that reason, O-negative blood is often used in emergency situations before a person's exact blood type can be determined.
Last year, the Pearlmutter family was featured in an
when (at that time) Seaman Recruit Jacob Pearlmutter donated blood while attending boot camp. Since that time, the family has continued to donate as often as possible.
Pam Pearlmutter, a 10-gallon blood donor, has been rolling up her sleeve to donate blood since she was 16 years old. In order to ensure the Sailors that day were well nourished, she even brought two large jars of candy to the drive.
“(These candies) are made in our home state of Pennsylvania, so I’m really leaving part of home for the Sailors here,” Pam Pearlmutter said.
Marty Pearlmutter, an 8-gallon blood donor, said he “was proud of all his kids, not just Seaman Jacob Pearlmutter.”
While his parents donated, Seaman Jacob Pearlmutter also took time out from his training as an electrical technician to roll up his sleeve, too.
The Pearlmutter family is so in-tune with the next donation date, that a discussion of donating blood when they return next for their sons “A” graduation was planned for a possibility.
This Navy family genuinely cares for others and for others in need of blood to help when most needed. They also stand proud of their own Sailor and look forward to the exciting days ahead of him serving in the United States Navy.
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
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