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Marines Donate Blood Pre-Labor Day Weekend

11/05/2018
By Cesar Fontanilla, ASBP blood donor recruiter, Camp Pendleton, Calif.
Pictured from front to back: Sgt. Jonathan Bunker and Sgt. Justin Haines happily take time off from their busy schedule to donate blood with the ASBP before the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Pictured from front to back: Sgt. Jonathan Bunker and Sgt. Justin Haines happily take time off from their busy schedule to donate blood with the ASBP before the Labor Day holiday weekend.
As Marines at Camp Pendleton, California, prepared to take their leave during the Labor Day holiday weekend, some made time to help the Armed Services Blood Program (ASBP) by donating blood.

During the summer months, there is a historical decline in blood donations, yet the need for blood remains unchanged. Thankfully there are those who continue to fuel the military’s blood supply, including those Marines that rolled up their sleeves and decided to make a lifesaving donation with the ASBP ahead of the Labor Day break

“I donate blood because I’m one of the fortunate…,” said Sgt. Jonathan Bunker. “If anybody needs blood, I want to make sure it’s available for those who it need right away.”

For Bunker, who has been in the U.S. Marine Corps for nine years, giving blood is near and dear to him. Once, a family member needed blood to recover from surgery. In response, he has made blood donation a priority when provided the opportunity to donate.

“My father lost a lot of blood when he had to have open heart surgery. During the procedure, the doctors were able to give him blood and he was able to recover from the surgery. We’re thankful for the blood that saved him during the surgery,” said Bunker.

For Sgt. Justin Haines, giving blood is as simple as making time to help those in need. He took some time out of his busy work schedule and made his way to the ASBP blood mobile to donate blood.

“It’s important to give blood because it only takes a little bit of your time out of your busy day to save up to three lives,” said Haines. “Giving a little can become a lot in terms of making a difference in someone’s life,” he said.

When asked to share some words of encouragement, Haines said, “Spread the words to your units that giving blood takes only a few minutes of your busy day… It could be a lifesaving situation for others and we have to make sure blood is ready for them.”

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.