Hokies vs. Hoos Blood Drive
Wednesday, October 10 & Thursday, October 11
1 â€“ 7 p.m. Daily
Bethlehem United Methodist Church
7539 Patrick Henry Hwy.
A competition will take place between Virginia Tech and the University of Virginia in an effort to stir interest in the Blood Drive. By all means, we encourage everyone to come out and give blood regardless of your favorite team.
Which is most important to win — a football game on November 24 in Charlottesville, Virginia,
with VA Tech vs. UVA or the competition for blood donors? The answer is obvious â€“ so give a pint of blood while representing your favorite school and win! Do the Right Thing â€“ Donate Blood.
If you have ever known someone who has been diagnosed with cancer, it can be devastating to everyone who is close to them. Personally for me, Bob Greer, this past year a great friend, a VA Tech Hokie, and a fellow Rotarian in Nelson County, Larry Van de Visser, passed away after a courageous fight with pancreatic cancer. You can help patients battling cancer, as well as countless others in need, by making a blood donation. You can honor the life of Larry Van de Visser by being a donor.
For me, John Parr, as a teenager in the 50â€™s, my mother was Chairman of the Red Cross Blood-mobiles held at the Piney River Fire House. Our goals at that time were 125-150 units and most of the time we met them. I do remember one time we were so close to reaching our goal; we stopped traffic and asked people to come in and donate. I still have that drive to reach those same numbers and often wonder, â€œWhy canâ€™t we reach those goals today?â€ Thus, the idea of a Hokies vs. Hoos competition was realized.
Also, when our first grandchild was born, our daughter needed blood transfusions and once again I was reminded of the critical need for blood donations that many times come up unexpectedly. So, forget which football team you pull forâ€¦.come donate blood and we all WIN!
The blood drive is sponsored by Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Roseland in partnership with the American Red Cross. This effort is being organized by a committee of five. Lining up for the UVA Team are Randy Powell, David Parr and Bob Greer. Tom Saunders and John Parr (Chairman) will represent the Hokies.
Refreshments will be served â€“ home-baked cookies by the UMC women! Give a pint of blood to sustain life to qualify for a drawing for VA Tech and UVA identified items. The grand prize will be two tickets to the Hokies and Hoos football game on November 24. A drawing will be held at 7 p.m. at the conclusion of the blood drive on Thursday, October 11, 2007.
So come out, give, and win!
John Parr, Chairman