Monday, April 14, 2014

Our Final Drive

A heartfelt thanks to all the donors who came through the door on 8 April 2014 to say goodbye to the troops and donate one last time.  We saw 70 faces, some familiar and some new.  Each one made a difference in a soldier's life.

Thank you to all who came out.  If you are interested in local drives there is an annual drive in Elkin and a more frequent one in Asheboro.  Please let us know if you would like to be added to those distribution lists.

For those who are traveling through Fayetteville and would like to donate the the Donor Center you can make an appointment by visiting  If we can come up with a good number for you to call the Ft. Bragg Donor Center directly, we'll pass that along.

At the request of some of you, here is a link to a web site that allows you to check on military-related charities and what are their various expenses, such as administrative and actual program costs:
Some charities that get four star ratings are:  Air Warrior Courage Foundation, Fisher House Foundation, Navy Seal Foundation, Operation Home Front, and Special Operations Warrior Foundation.
Again, we are humbled by the compassion our donors have shown tirelessly over the years.  It has been our honor to meet each and every one of you.

ASBP Volunteer Team
Don Adamick, Don Price, Danny Young, Debbie Lavoie, and Katye Oliver

Sunday, March 27, 2011

The One Percent

I wrote this article some time ago but I become convinced after every drive that our Winston-Salem donors are an exception to the norm, that they are indeed part of the "one percent" who are serving.  That's why I think it important to leave on our blog.   dha 10/16/2011

Recently I read an article in The Washington Post about Marine Corps Lieutenant General John Kelly.  Last November LTG Kelly lost his Marine Corps son Robert to a land mine in Afghanistan, becoming the most senior officer to lose a son or daughter in Iraq or Afghanistan.  Losing his son led the general to comment, in sometimes emotional terms, on the growing divide between our military and the society it serves.  He echoed the concerns of many soldiers and Marines that the American public is largely unaware of the price the military pays to defend our nation.  Less than one percent of our population serves in the military, and the American public, by and large, does not appreciate and understand the sacrifice made by those serving and their families.

Many Americans, of course, do support our troops who are on the front lines; they pray for our sons and daughters, and give of their time and treasure.  We have all heard of the many people who send packages and cards to those serving overseas, of those who greet our troops as they return home, or those who help build homes for our wounded warriors.  All these acts are important and mean more than just putting a yellow sticker on your car.  They are important, even if they do not quite fully address the point made by LTG Kelly and others, that there seems to be largely an air of indifference on the part of the American people towards those serving in the military.

As I read the article and shared in the general’s pain and loss, I could not help thinking of our Winston-Salem blood donors.  Most of them are not part of the “one percent” who are serving in our military.  Many of our donors have family or friends who have served in Iraq and/or Afghanistan; some are veterans of those conflicts and they understand the sacrifice more than most of us.  But many more have no connection with the military at all; they just know that our troops need our support -- and so they show up at our drives and donate their life-giving blood.  Some have done so since the first drive in May 2005.

None of us know what happens to the pint of blood we give at any given drive, other than the fact that it ends up in Iraq or Afghanistan.  It would be nice if it sat on a shelf and expired for want of need.  Sadly, that is probably not the case, and it will likely be used to help save the life of a wounded soldier or Marine.  The few minutes it takes to donate that blood will help give a lifetime back to a wounded warrior.

I like to think of our military blood drives as part of a process, or chain, that connects the people of Winston-Salem to those who are serving in the harsh world of the combat soldier and Marine.  It starts when a housewife, single mother of two, retired military person, a grandfather or grandmother, a lawyer, computer specialist, a retiree, a citizen of this wonderful community, donates a pint of blood.  That blood moves along this long chain and ends up in the body of a young person in desperate need of its life-giving properties.  The wounded warrior does not know it, but the blood has come from someone who understands their sacrifice. Someone who, by giving blood, has become part of the “one percent” that serves this nation.

Don Adamick

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

What happens to the blood we donate?

What happens after we donate blood?

Some of our donors have asked about the processing of blood after they have donated.  We all know that it is shipped to our troops as soon as possible, with priority to those serving in combat but what happens in between the donation and the final destination?  According to the Blood Donor Center at Ft. Bragg, on the day of collection the whole blood is transported to Ft. Bragg for processing and manufacturing.  This takes place in the new state of the art facility that was opened last fall.

After testing is completed the blood is then shipped to a distribution hub, one of two in service, one on the East coast and one overseas.  The entire process to get the blood from the donor’s arm to a distribution hub varies from two to four days, depending on the number of units collected. 

From the hub the blood is then shipped into theater, read Afghanistan, and usually arrives within seven days.  We have been told by mobile blood donor team personnel that the time is often shorter.
The time it takes to get to our troops is important, but it would not happen if our donors were not willing to take the time to donate their life saving blood.  The process starts here, in Winston-Salem.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Can you donate blood?

It's easy to donate blood for our troops and a great way to show those who are defending our nation that you support them.  The next drive is at the American Legion Post 55 in Winston-Salem on April 5, 2011 from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.  In case you are wondering if you qualify for donation, check this link to the Fort Bragg Blood Donor Center:

While it will take anywhere from 45 minutes to an hour to donate, you can help the process along by completing a couple of forms concerning travel and medications.  Here is a link to the travel form:

And here is a link to the medication form:

You can pull up the forms, print them and complete them before you arrive.  Of course, not everybody will need these forms but if you do, you will have them in hand.

Thanks for coming out on the 5th of April to support our troops.