131 donors turn out for Ansbach blood drive
October 10, 2013
ANSBACH, Germany (Oct. 10, 2013) -- During a blood drive at Bismarck Kaserne at U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach Oct. 8, 131 donors turned out to give blood to the Armed Services Blood Program.
The ASBP provides blood and blood products to not only service members with battlefield injuries but also to service members and their families who undergo hospitalization.
First Lt. Chelsea Spiehs, the 412th Aviation Support Battalion medical officer who coordinated the drive, had hoped the turnout of donors would match or exceed 70. At 131, the blood drive nearly doubled that expectation. Spiehs attributed the large turnout of the drive to support from leadership.
"I know my battalion commander was very supportive, and we had a lot of people come out from my battalion," she said.
Donors were not the only ones to give to the effort. Soldiers with Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers volunteered their time to register donors at the front door, and community members contributed baked goods as post-donation recovery food.
To learn more about the ASBP, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil. To learn more about donating blood in Europe, visit www.militaryblood.dod.mil/europe.