By Lisa Van De Hey

Publisher/Editor



Martha Wright has donated blood on a regular basis for the past 26 years. The blood drives were held at the Moose Lodge when she began donating and now she goes to the Blood Source blood drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is held four times a year.

She said she sees the same generous people each time, almost like ‘old-home’ week.

By Lisa Van De Hey
Publisher/Editor

Martha Wright has donated blood on a regular basis for the past 26 years. The blood drives were held at the Moose Lodge when she began donating and now she goes to the Blood Source blood drive at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is held four times a year.
She said she sees the same generous people each time, almost like ‘old-home’ week.
“I’ve gotten to know many of the donors pretty well over the years,” she said.
Wright of course knows many people, as she has been an Auxiliary volunteer at Biggs-Gridley Memorial Hospital for 26 years, which is a constant reminder of reasons to donate.
She and Winnie Grof are in charge of the Telecare program, calling in-bound people at their homes six days a week to check on them, a free service through the Auxiliary.
Wright has had family need blood transfusions in the past and this is always on her mind when saving the life of others by donating. Her grandson was in a serious accident years ago and her first husband had many surgeries both requiring transfusions. She feels donating blood is her way of paying back.
“I’ll keep donating as long as I can. It gives me a good feeling and it’s so easy to do,” she explained.
Wright said she very seldom has to wait to donate and it usually takes an hour at the most. There are lots of chairs available and plenty of volunteers.
Wright will of course donate at the next blood drive on Tuesday, August 31, 2010, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, at 400 Spruce Street.A coupon for a pint of free Baskin Robbins ice cream is given to each person who donates or tries to donate as a token of appreciation.
Appointments can be made by calling Heather Payne at 846-4955 or Gary Jenkins at 846-4808. Appointments are not necessary, as drop-ins are welcome.
“They make you feel comfortable, nothing to worry about. You feel you are doing something good,” stated Wright.  “Donating blood means benefiting so many people. It’s easy to do and you never know when someone you love may need blood. It could be you.”