Louie recently celebrated his 100th blood donation at the American Red Cross Florence Blood Donation Center. For the past 31 years, he has donated blood as often as he is able.
Why does he do it? Part of it is because he knows it helps others. He grew up in Kingstree, where he was taught to have a very deep sense of community responsibility. “You were expected to help those who needed help,” he said.
In 1984, he started giving blood at blood drives held at his work place. Decades later, he’s still going strong. He especially likes how the Red Cross notifies him when his blood is received by a hospital – letting him know that his donation is helping save lives.
He also enjoys the Red Cross staff who walk him through the donation process every time he comes to give. “Without a doubt, the most important reason I (and many others) continue to donate are the nurses and volunteers at this donation center,” he said. “They truly are great! When you walk through that front door, you’re considered family and treated like you just came home.”
Now that he’s hit the 100-donation milestone, Louie says he has a new goal. “I think I’ll shoot for 200 pints!”
For more information about giving blood or to make an appointment, visit redcrossblood.org.