The world would be a better place if more people got involved in helping their neighbors and community.”
Mary Beth has been an American Red Cross blood drive coordinator for 23 years. It all started, as these things tend to do, when a neighbor asked her if she would help with a local blood drive. More than two decades later she is still at it.
“It has been a blessing to me,” said Mary Beth. “To see people lined up to give blood out of the goodness of their hearts just makes me happy. I have met some many great people over the years.”
In 2015, Mary Beth coordinated 12 blood drives in her community. The Red Cross estimated that those drives yield enough blood to impact 48,000 lives. She is an active recruiter, using grassroots tactics of dropping fliers at businesses in town, scheduling donors, and making appointment reminder calls. Her support doesn’t stop at coordinating drives; she plays a vital role in educating young donors at the local high school about the importance of donating blood.
“The gift is in the giving,” said Mary Beth. “When you give to others, you get back so much more back. The world would be a better place if more people got involved in helping their neighbors and community.”
In her spare time, Mary Beth loves staying connected with her four children and two grandchildren. Her husband Laurence will be joining her on the cruise.