Kathy with donor

SIDNEY, Ohio -There’s nothing like lunch at the Senior Center of Sidney-Shelby County, always hot and homemade.  When it comes as a “thank you” for helping save lives by donating blood, it’s even better.

Community Blood Center honored the Senior Center of Sidney and Shelby Count with the Platinum Award in the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club for blood drive excellence in 2016 with the plaque presentation at the Senior Center’s Wednesday, Aug. 16 blood drive.

CBC’s Kathy Pleiman presented the award to blood drive coordinator Georgina Dressman and her team of Senior Center volunteers that includes Becky Vanhorn, Caroline Warner, Gina Griesdorn, and Karen Ferreira.

The Senior Center hosts six CBC blood drives a year, and always features a hot lunch in the Donor Café.  At Wednesday’s blood drive volunteers served Sloppy Joe’s sandwiches, bowls of chili, and homemade cookies.

“Our group of volunteers does such a wonderful job, especially with the hot lunch for our donors,” said Georgina. “I put Becky in charge of the kitchen!”

The ladies were quick to give praise to Georgina.  “She’s our leader and she’s great!” said Karen.

The Platinum award in the LifeSaving Ambassadors Club is CBC’s highest honor for blood drive sponsors. It recognizes blood drives that achieve 100 percent or higher of collection goals.

The Senior Center’s six blood drives in 2016 averaged 102 percent of goal with a total of 494 donors, 13 first-time donors and 416 donations.

The Senior Center is on its way to another great year. Wednesday’s blood drive totaled 77 donors and 63 donations for 117 percent of goal.

“LifeSaving Ambassadors Club membership is our opportunity to recognize our sponsor partners and thank them for their hard work,” said Kathy Pleiman, CBC’s account representative for Shelby County.  “The Senior Center provides area donors with the opportunity to give blood every two months at a familiar and friendly location.  They are truly members of a special club because they are helping save lives year round.”

Donor William Joslin in cafe

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