Community Readiness

Donate Blood This Holiday Season

By Rick Lumzy, Sullivan Memorial Blood Center Public Affairs

FORT BENNING, Ga. (Dec. 18, 2017) – The holiday season brings upon joyous occasions with family and friends but can also bring with it financial woes as many rush to find and buy the perfect gift for those they love most. Nevertheless, there is one gift that can be given, free of charge and could help to save someone’s life: the gift of blood.

Located at Fort Benning, Georgia, the Sullivan Memorial Blood Center, as a part of the Armed Service Blood Program, collects whole blood and blood platelets to ensure the highest quality care of service members, retirees and family members worldwide.

Sheila M. Rudesheim, the quality assurance manager for the center, said it’s common for people to forget about blood donations during the busy, holiday season. However, she emphasized its still important that people donate during this time.

“This time of the year is the season of family travel and getting together with family and friends. It is also a high-risk time where there are many accidents and illnesses,” Rudesheim said. “We forget about donating blood since we are all so busy, and this is the time where shortages come into play. So before you hit the road, stop and donate a unit of blood during this busy season.”

Although the center is particularly looking for personnel with O negative, O positive, AB positive and AB negative blood, all personnel are welcome to stop by the center to donate.

The center is scheduled to hold blood drives: Dec. 27 and Jan. 3. Both drives are set to begin at 9 a.m. and end at 4 p.m.

The center also collects platelets Monday through Thursday to support Martin Army Community Hospital on post. To schedule an appointment, call 706-626-3623.

“Every two to three seconds, someone needs a blood transfusion,” said Maj. Vincent L. Duncan, the director of the Sullivan Memorial Blood Center. “It is important to remember that a unit of blood can save up to as many as three people’s lives. So please donate. You can make a difference too.”

About the Armed Services Blood Program

Since 1962, the Armed Services Blood Program has served as the sole provider of blood for the United States military. As a tri-service organization, the ASBP collects, processes, stores and distributes blood and blood products to Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and their families worldwide.

As one of four national blood collection organizations trusted to ensure the nation has a safe, potent blood supply, the ASBP works closely with our civilian counterparts by sharing donors on military installations where there are no military blood collection centers and by sharing blood products in times of need to maximize availability of this national treasure.

To find out more about the ASBP or to schedule an appointment to donate, please visit ( To interact directly with ASBP staff members, see more photos or get the latest news, follow @militaryblood on Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, YouTube and Pinterest.  Find the drop. Donate.

The Armed Services Blood Program is a proud recipient of the Army Maj. Gen. Keith L. Ware Public Affairs award for journalism.

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