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The 325th Battalion Provides a Lifesaving Gift in Time for the Holidays

01/03/2018
By Michelle Lele-Himalaya, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Tripler, Hawaii
Army SGT Joseline Franco was the first to donate at the 325th Brigade Support Battalion’s first ASBP blood drive, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Army SGT Joseline Franco was the first to donate at the 325th Brigade Support Battalion’s first ASBP blood drive, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
With the holiday season here, soldiers and spouses from the 325th Brigade Support Battalion, Schofield Barracks, Oahu, Hawaii, hosted their first battalion blood drive with the Armed Services Blood Program. Soldiers and their partners eagerly rolled up their sleeves to help support a great cause.

Bravo Commander Army Cpt. Daniel Davis and his wife Fil Beth Davis rallied together to support a blood drive for his battalion.

“I thought it was a good initiative for our battalion. Supporting a special event like this only shows how much our troops and their families support the military community.” Mrs. Davis said. “I also had the chance to donate blood for the very first time. I work in the healthcare field; I am very much aware that blood products are always needed.”

More than 100 people showed up to donate over a course of three days. They were able to collect 83 pints of lifesaving blood.

Army Sgt. Joseline Franco was the first to donate. “I’ve been donating blood since high school. You’ll never know when you or a family member might be in need of blood.”

The 83 pints could not have come at a better time for the ASBP Tripler Blood Donor Center, Hawaii. During the holiday season, the ASBP faces blood collection challenges due to deployments and holiday block leave. Many medical conditions, medications and travel destinations also prevent people from donating blood on a temporary or indefinite basis.

Donating blood can impact a community in a significant way. Since blood is needed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, there are plenty of opportunities to give back.

"There is no substitute for blood. The only way it ends up on the shelves ready for all these treatments, is when people make conscious efforts to donate," said Army Cpt. Nekkeya McGee, officer in charge at the blood center.

Tripler Blood Donor Center has an upcoming blood drive to help meet the holiday shortages. Join them on Jan. 2-4. All blood types are needed, especially O-negative, O-positive and AB. Please go online at www.militarydonor.com to schedule an appointment or call the donor center’s mainline at 808-433-6148.

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.