Public comes out to donate

Betty Seibel visits with Red Cross employee, Pam Cooke, as she donates blood at the Red Cross Community Blood Drive. Her latest donation brings her total amount of blood donations to six gallons. Betty has been donating for over 35 years. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
Betty Seibel visits with Red Cross employee, Pam Cooke, as she donates blood at the Red Cross Community Blood Drive. Her latest donation brings her total amount of blood donations to six gallons. Betty has been donating for over 35 years. Laura Fowler Paulus / Free Press
Parkview Mennonite Church hosted a Red Cross Community Blood Drive from 12-6 p.m. on Monday, Aug 13. Participants were given a light meal and a $5 Amazon e-gift card from Red Cross.

Volunteers greeted donors as they came in, and helped make sure that all were properly hydrated after donating.

Dale and Melanie Franz, owners of Dale’s Supermarket, donated all of the lunch items. They also donated blood to the Red Cross after delivering the food.

“We have a lot of return donators that donate almost every blood drive,” said Coordinator for Hillsboro Community Blood Drive Staci Silhan. “And I have many volunteers I can always count on. And Dale’s is so great for donating food.”

One frequent donor is Hillsboro resident Betty Seibel. Monday’s donation marked a total of six gallons that she has given since starting donating in 1983.

“I got started doing this when my daughter was a senior in high school. She wanted to give blood, but she told me she wouldn’t go without me. How is that for pressure?” said Seibel. “The first time I gave I passed out, but it hasn’t happened again. After I went the first time, I realized there is no excuse for me not to give.”

While Betty has donated in every drive she has been available for since she started out so many years ago, she did have to take off a few years while fighting cancer in the late 80s. But as soon as she was able to get back in and donate, she did.

“Once I was able to donate again, I just saw that as a huge blessing,” said Seibel. “My husband asked me today why I still go to every drive I can and I told him because I can and because they need it.”

While there are many familiar faces that return each drive, there is always a need for more donors.

“Its always good to see new faces as older donors retire and move away,” said Silhan. “People can find out information on future blood drives advertised in businesses around the community and the city office posts in on their webpage.”

Those interested in donating in the future can find notices posted in this paper under Daily Life News. The next Community Blood Drive will be held from 1-6 p.m. on Monday, October 22 at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church.