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A Fond Farewell to 2017

01/24/2018
By Jerrick Alexander, ASBP Blood Donor Recruiter, Pentagon
The 2017 year was filled with many notable events for the Pentagon Blood Donor Center. Throughout the year, we’ve celebrated relationships with blood donors and support staff, shared our lifesaving mission with new audiences and brought hope to families around the world by connecting them with the blood they need.

We started the year with strong participation in a blood drive by the Office of the Secretary of Defense and Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) that set the tone for and inspired other office blood drives. Petty Officers 1st Class Jaime McClin and W. Isaiah Thompson mustered the members of their offices to donate blood and platelets with similar participation. The petty officers were also able to recruit support beyond the people working in their office and active duty.

Mr. Giuseppe Giaimo, owner of the McDonald’s in the Pentagon, wanted to support the Armed Services Blood Program and its service to the military as well. Giaimo Management donated food vouchers to deliver to blood donors as a ‘thank you’ for coming out to donate during special themed events.

Later in the year, the Pentagon Blood Donor Center participated in two events that help highlight the mission and role of the ASBP to Pentagon personnel. Working with InfoNet 2017 Creative and Communication Expo in May through an InfoNet kiosk, we reached new audiences among Pentagon employees so that they could learn and join our mission to save lives. At the September Pentagon Preparedness Fair, we provided emergency information to Pentagon employees. The Pentagon Donor Center displayed posters and provided handouts on the importance of consistent blood donation to ensure a steady, ready supply of blood products for when a crisis occurs domestically or abroad.

In July, we bid farewell to retired U.S. Navy Cmdr. Harold “Ward” Cornelius. Cornelius was a dedicated and exceptional advocate for the ASBP: he had donated over 600 units of platelets at the time of his passing. Fellow donors recalled that when people learned about the volume of Cornelius’ donations, they were commonly intimidated. Recognizing this, Cornelius would encourage them by reassuring that it was easy and saying that “it starts with the first donation”.

In late October, retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt Harvey Stackpole achieved an amazing milestone with his 100th platelet donation to the ASBP. Stackpole is not stopping any time soon. We look forward to seeing him throughout 2018.

We ended the year by participating in the seventh annual ASBP National Capital Region’s Army – Navy Blood Donor Challenge to inspire commands units and offices to donate blood or platelets. The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations let their presence be known and came through for the Pentagon. We look forward to seeing who will rise to the challenge next year.

While looking back proudly on 2017, we look forward to what’s ahead for the Pentagon Blood Donor Center in 2018. Join us in making this year great by scheduling a blood donation appointment.

The Pentagon Blood Donor Center would like to invite anyone interested in donating platelets to visit the donor center or learn more about platelets here. They look forward to helping others reach a lifesaving milestone.

If you would like join in saving lives or sponsor an ASBP blood drive of your own, please visit where to give to find the ASBP blood donor center nearest you.

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.