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‘Driving’ to Save Lives at U.S. Customs and Border Protection

05/28/2018
By Shawntel Trowell, ASBP blood donor recruiter, National Capital Region
Di’Onna Fallen is the driving force behind the twice a year Armed Services Blood Program blood drive with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection  at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Di’Onna Fallen is the driving force behind the twice a year Armed Services Blood Program blood drive with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C.
Twice a year, the Armed Services Blood Bank Center-National Capital Region (ASBBC-NCR) at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, conducts blood drives with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C. For the past three years, Di’Onna Fallen has been the driving force behind the support from the D.C. location of the CBP.

For 11 years, Fallen has served as a human resource assistant for CBP. In between her typical HR duties, she coordinates events to maintain morale for the agency. Some of the events include the seasonal shoe and coat drives, back to school drive, Christmas Angel toy drive, food drive and then there is the Armed Services Blood Program blood drive.

Fallen, a former military spouse, also has a healthcare background as a phlebotomist and nursing assistant. Therefore, she understands the importance of giving blood for the troops and their families.

“Giving blood to help save another is remarkable,” Fallen says. “It makes me feel good and that I have personally saved a life. I am proud to be able to host blood drives for military veterans that we serve here in the D.C Metropolitan area and abroad.”

From a recruiter to coordinator relationship standpoint, Fallen is great to work with, according to the ASBBC-NCR staff. She successfully advertises about the ASBP not just throughout her agency but with other agencies in the Ronald Reagan Building, such as the Environment Protection Agency and U.S. Agency for International Development. This in turn, allows her to produce good blood drives each and every time ASBP collects with CBP.

As ASBBC-NCR Director Navy Lt. Stephanie Golla states, "The ASBBC-NCR truly appreciates Ms. Fallen. She has consistently delivered on her promise to spread the importance of blood donations to the staff at CBP. Our team always looks forward to the blood drive at this location because we know that we will meet the requirements of our quota mission to send blood overseas to the people who really need it: the warfighters. It is thanks to recruiters like Ms. Fallen who makes this possible. I am truly honored to have her as part of the Armed Services Blood Program team."

It’s supporters like Fallen, with the drive to save lives, that help the ASBP meet the mission of providing blood and blood products to service members, their families, retirees and veterans in need worldwide.

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.