Second annual blood drive held in Moss

BLOOD MOBILE-The Blood Assurance “blood mobile” made a stop at Honest Abe Headquarters in Moss where over 50 employees donated blood in honor of the late Doug Smith. (photo submitted)

BLOOD MOBILE-The Blood Assurance “blood mobile” made a stop at Honest Abe Headquarters in Moss where over 50 employees donated blood in honor of the late Doug Smith. (photo submitted)

MOSS-Honest Abe Log Homes and its sister companies located here held their second annual blood drive last week and officials with the companies deemed the event a “huge success.”

April Smith Patterson, daughter of the late Doug Smith and Joint Operating Officer of Honest Abe, was quick to give credit to their employees.

“We were blessed to have over 50 employees of Honest Abe, Barky Beaver Mulch and our other companies rally around this effort to donate blood,” Smith Patterson said.  “It has been two years since dad passed away, and this is our second annual blood drive held in his memory.”

Blood Assurance, a non-profit company servicing more than 50 health facilities in the region, assisted by staging one of their collection teams on site.

The company operates a number of “blood mobiles” in the area, which consist of vans and buses that have been specially equipped to allow donors to give blood in a clean and comfortable environment.

“Over the 11 years that he fought cancer, dad required multiple blood transfusions,” Smith Patterson recalled speaking of her late father.  “Though we will never match what was done for us, this has been a way to help meet the needs of others in our area.

“Our family is truly blessed to have employees that are so willing to take part in something like this, and we appreciate their generous donation.”

Smith Patterson said donating blood is an important and easy way to provide a service to your community.  She explained each unit of blood has the ability to save up to three lives.

For more information on opportunities to give, visit the Blood Assurance web site at www.bloodassurance.org or call Whitney Garvich at 423-756-8456.