March is Red Cross Month! and Tony’s Birthday!

On March 3rd, we hosted our first Memorial Blood Drive!  It was a huge success thanks to all who came out and gave the gift of life!  Over 90 people showed up.  Many were repeat donors.  I actually witnessed a gentleman receive a pin for donating 50 gallons! Some were unable to donate due to their history but vowed to try again when they could., Many were FIRST TIME donors who we hope will now continue to give on a reglar basis and a few just came to support us and hopefully they will give next year!

The American Red Cross had a goal of collecting 50 units.  We brought in 62 with a few more donated in FLorida on the same day in honor of Tony!   What a wonderful community!  What great family and friends!  I was so moved by all who showed up in Tony’s memory!  It was a great feeling to know that because of Tony, we were giving back and helping so many!

The foundation would also like to give a big THANK YOU to our sponsors who helped us provide a unique experience for our donors and volunteers and to the Monroe Courier  for sending a photographer and writing an article in support of our event!  If you would like to read the article and see some photos click here.

Our goody bags included:

The Sports Center on the River Road in Shelton donated a bunch of discount cards for all the activities that take place there.  There was a free music lesson from the School of Rock,

Mr Mac’s Canteen located on Main Street in Monroe, CT provided a Free Hot Dog!

Subway on Mian Street in Monroe CT provided discount coupons including a free cookie!

Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins on Main street in Monroe provide $2.00 off coupons for Baskin Robbins!

Dairy Queen in Village Square in Monroe donated coupons for  free small blizzard

Many local business provided business magnets and cards such as

Frame Creations of Trumbull CT,

HEAL CLothing in Monroe, CT,

DB Multimedia Studios of Monroe, CT,

We had FREE Reiki by SoulKI and,

FREE Hand Massages from Nails BY Wendy in Watertown.

Purdy Hill Bakery in Monroe provided a tray of cookies for our donors,

while the foundation made cupcakes and had balloons and music to create the “birthday” feeling  memory of Tony’s 27th birthday.

The Foundation also provided waters to help keep our donors hydrated along with homemade muffins, coffee cake and sandwiches to re-nourish our brave donors!

There was laughter and a sense of hope and love throughout the day.  They drive started a 7:45 AM with a steady flow of donors  until well past the cutoff.  Unfortunately, the morning wait proved to be a bit much for some, needing to leave to attend to their daily lies.   Most however waited patiently.  Next year, we will need a larger facility to host our drive, what a wonderful problem to have!  The Red Cross crew we worked with was amazing. They were encouraging, supportive, professional and all asked about Tony!  What a wonderful feeling it is to know that you are helping to save a life!  Each unit of blood gets split into three – meaning our 62 units of blood potentially saved 186 lives!

We hope that you will consider donating blood in the future, it is a gift of life!

For more information concerning the Red Cross or being a Blood Donor visit The Red Cross Website.

 THANK YOU!

In Loving Memory of Tony Brown

March 3, 1985 – July 11, 2009

 

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