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Blood Program Hosting Three Belvoir Blood Drives Next Week

02/02/2018
By Garrison Public Affairs, Fort Belvoir, Va.
To help with seasonal blood storages, three locations on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, are hosting Armed Services Blood Program drives the first week in February: USO on Feb.5, INSCOM on Feb. 6 and DLA on Feb. 7.
To help with seasonal blood storages, three locations on Fort Belvoir, Virginia, are hosting Armed Services Blood Program drives the first week in February: USO on Feb.5, INSCOM on Feb. 6 and DLA on Feb. 7.
With the flu season affecting the area and weather incidents that canceled appointments, the Armed Services Blood Program National Capital Region is ramping up its efforts to restock the military’s blood supply.

Navy Cmdr. Jonathan Hoiles, director of the Navy Blood Program, which oversees ASBP collections in the National Capital Region, said, “The blood program provides a safe and adequate blood supply to expeditionary forces from all services that operate at a high operational tempo. On any given day, blood collected by the programs is transfused to Soldiers and Sailors who are forward deployed; and Service members, military family members and retirees who need blood.

“It’s only with committed donors and volunteers that the program can provide the blood needed for our warfighters and their families. Our donors serve as an inspiration to all of us in the blood program, and, on behalf of our patients, I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude.”

Donna Onwona, ASBP blood donor recruiter for the ASBP National Capital Region, stated that, “January is never an easy month for blood donations. But, this year has been particularly challenging with the flu virus and bad weather impacting collections. In the National Capital Region, we have been lucky with not much snow this winter, but it’s not over yet. And, some of the other 20 regions we collect in, like Fort Bragg and Camp Lejeune, were closed for several days in January, which impacted the overall collections for the warfighters who need it.

“We are grateful for the tremendous advocates, coordinators and faithful donors we have at Belvoir and now we are asking everyone to encourage friends, colleagues and family to also donate blood.

“In the first week of February, there are three blood drives on Belvoir and it’s critical that we have a good turnout at all of them. With the three blood drives scheduled, we’re counting on Fort Belvoir to come through for us again. We have to remember that the blood we collected has been transfused and needs to be replaced,” she said, reiterating the importance of continued donation.

Hoiles added, “Blame it on the weather, blame it low donor turnout … it doesn’t matter to the warfighter downrange who’s counting on volunteer blood donors.”

Upcoming blood drives are Monday (2/5) at the USO Warrior and Family Center, Tuesday (2/6) at INSCOM’s Nolan Building and Wednesday (2/7) at DLA’s McNamara Building.

All drives are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The latter two events are open to people with building credentials. Appointments are available for Monday’s USO blood drive, through militarydonor.com, using the sponsor code USO.

Donor eligibility information is available from Donna Onwona at 202-294-6674.

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.

This article first appeared in the BelvoirEagleOnline.com on Feb. 1, 2018. Republished content may have been edited for length, clarity and to follow the ASBP style guidelines. View the original article at http://www.belvoireagleonline.com/news/blood-program-hosting-three-belvoir-blood-drives-next-week/article_49d7f7c2-06b6-11e8-99f8-6ba8a3278e2a.html