Blood Drive Results in Potentially 300 Saved Lives

Local blood donors saved as many as 300 lives by giving blood during Baldwin EMC’s Spring Into Action drive on May 30 in Summerdale. The staff from LifeSouth Community Blood Center collected a total of 100 pints of blood, each of which can benefit as many as three people. They also collected nine platelet donations and one ALYX donation over the course of the day.

Mark Ingram, Baldwin EMC’s vice president of corporate services and public relations, says the Spring Into Action drive is about locals helping locals. “All the donations made will stay right here in our community,” Ingram says. “We were overcome by the outpouring of support from everyone who came out to donate. From the time we opened our doors at 8 a.m., there was a steady stream of folks that just never slowed down. Our goal was to collect 100 units of blood, and that is precisely what happened. This event is a true testament to the servant spirit of the people of Baldwin County.”

Ingram says the Spring Into Action drive is a part of Baldwin EMC’s vision to be community involved. “As a member-owned cooperative, we’re called to do much more for our community than just provide electricity. Our goal is to improve the quality of life for those we serve, and events like this are one of the ways we can do that.”