WEST CHESTER, Ohio – Community Blood Center had good reason to give thanks on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 23 as donors filled the beds in the MidPointe Library West Chester Community Room to mark the one year anniversary of MidPointe’s monthly blood drives.
CBC reached out to MidPointe in 2015, hoping to find a reliable home for blood drives in the bustling West Chester area. MidPointe found the idea completely compatible with its mission to be about “more than books” by providing visitors a center for multiple community activities.
MidPointe began with a Bloodmobile blood drive in October of 2015 then moved to the Community Room on Thanksgiving Eve, Nov. 25, 2015 for its first indoors blood drive. The Community Room became the home for all future blood drives, held the fourth Wednesday of every month, always from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Like a best-selling novel climbing the charts the monthly blood drive took off. The 12 indoor blood drives averaged 56 donors and 48 donations per month, exceeding all collection goals. Since the partnership began MidPointe has registered 707 donors, including 84 first-time donors, and collected 603 blood donations.
The anniversary blood drive again fell on the eve of Thanksgiving, and it was a day for donors to give thanks for a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
The harmony of the location is clear to donor Lamia Scherzinger, an online college instructor. Her six-year-old son Adex and seven-year-old daughter Amira read their library books “Frog and Toad are Friends” and “Curious George Visits the Dentist” as mom made her third donation of the year at the MidPointe blood drive.
“I usually bring them because I work from home now and the hours for the blood drive are right after school,” she said. “I like for them to see me giving back to the community, and they get to eat cookies!”
The monthly blood drives continue to attract new MidPointe donors. “This is my first time here,” said Jim Cooper from Liberty Township. “I work at Motoman and usually donate when the Bloodmobile comes there, but they only come every three months, and not during this holiday.”
Amanda Neu, a sixth-grade math teacher in Middletown, was familiar with the library but new to the blood drive. “I was walking by and saw the sign and thought, I hadn’t donated in a while,” she said. Her last donation was in high school and this was a good chance to donate again before heading home to Louisville, Kentucky for Thanksgiving. “It’s a good library,” she said.
Jennifer Simbartl, a senior at DePauw University and a Lakota West High School graduate, had just arrived home in West Chester for Thanksgiving before coming to donate. Jennifer said her parents are both donors and her mom reminded she and her brother about the MidPointe blood drive.
Even though she away at school most of the year, Wednesday marked the fourth time Jennifer has donated at MidPointe. “It’s nice to be right here in the library,” she said. “It’s close to home and it always goes really quickly.”
The year of blood drives at MidPointe Library went by quickly. Like a really good book, MidPointe’s loyal donors just can’t put it down.